|Published||[Amstelodami: apud Joannem Janssonium, 1616]|
|Dimensions||Image 135 x 185 mm, Plate 140 x 190 mm, Sheet 176 x 232 mm|
An early seventeenth century view of the city of Copenhagen, from Bertius Commentariorum Rerum Germanicarum libri tres. This work, a commentary and history of 'German affairs' was divided into three books. The first dealt with the antiquity of the German peoples, the second provided a history from Charlemagne to the present day, and the third, from which this image derives, was a description of select cities including illustrations.
Copenhagen's inclusion amongst other 'German' cities may seem unusual, but considering the work's broad approach to history, Bertius obviously felt it warranted inclusion due to its long-term position on the borders of the German sphere of influence, especially when considering the city's short-lived annexation to the Hanseatic League during the Second Danish-Hanseatic War.
Petrus Bertius (14th November 1565 – 13th October 1629) was a Flemish theologian, historian, geographer and cartographer and was related to Jodocus Hondius Sr. and Pieter van den Keere by marriage. Bertius studied at the University of Leiden and later traveled in Germany and Russia. In 1620 he emigrated to France where he was appointed as a cosmographer to the court Louis XIII. Bertius published a number of folio maps, but never published an atlas of his own. His maps were either separately published or included in atlases and books by other publishers.
Johannes Janssonius (1588 - 1664) was a famed cartographer and print publisher. More commonly known as Jan Jansson, he was born in Arnhem where his father, Jan Janszoon the Elder, was a bookseller and publisher. In 1612 he married the daughter of the cartographer and publisher Jodocus Hondius, and then set up in business in Amsterdam as a book publisher. In 1616 he published his first maps of France and Italy and from then onwards, produced a very large number of maps which went some way to rival those of the Blaeu family, who held a virtual monopoly over the industry. From about 1630 to 1638 he was in partnership with his brother-in-law, Henricus Hondius, issuing further editions of the Mercator/Hondius atlases to which his name was added. On the death of Hondius he took over the business, expanding the atlas still further, until eventually he published an eleven volume Atlas Major on a scale similar to Johannes Blaeu's magnum opus. After Jansson's death, his heirs published a number of maps in the Atlas Contractus of 1666, and, later still, many of the plates of his British maps were acquired by Pieter Schenk and Gerard Valck, who published them again in 1683 as separate maps.
Condition: Strong dark impression. Minor time toning to edges of sheet. Latin descriptive text on verso, and superscript Latin title.