|Artist||van den Keere, Pieter|
|Published||[Cornelis Claesz, Amsterdam, 1599]|
|Dimensions||82 x 115 mm|
A rare, and apparently unrecorded, miniature map of southern India and northern Sri Lanka. The map was almost certainly engraved by Keere for Barent Langenes' Caert-Thresoor, alongside another map of essentially the same region entitled 'Narsinga et Ceylon.' By 1600, the year in which the first edition of Bertius' Tabularum geographicarum contractarum was published, the map had already been replaced by a similar example featuring a title cartouche and the 'Petrus Kaerius' signature. The fact that this example features French verso text suggests it came from Claesz' French translation, the Thrésor de chartes, published a year after the original Langenes Dutch edition.
Pieter van den Keere, also known frequently as Petrus Kaerius, came to England in 1584, as a Protestant refugee from his home town of Ghent with his sister Colette, who married Jodocus Hondius, in 1587. It was probably from Hondius that Keere learned to engrave. Both engravers left London in 1593 to settle in Amsterdam. His first set of miniature maps were produced for the Middelburg publisher Cornelis Claesz, for inclusion in Barent Langenes' Caert Thresoor. Keere began to engrave a series of miniature maps in 1599 in preparation for a small atlas of the British Isles. The maps were first published in 1617 by William Blaeu with plate numbers and Latin text. They then passed to George Humble, who published them in 1619 and then again in 1627, by which time they had become known colloquially as 'Miniature Speeds.'
Barent Langenes (fl. 1597/1598) was a Dutch bookseller and publisher. Little is known about his life and work, apart from his publication of 'Caert-Thresoor' in Middelburg in 1598. The atlas was for sale at Cornelis Claesz's shop in Amsterdam, and was later republished by Claesz, without the Langenes name. The atlas was published by several publishers in different languages between 1598 and 1650 and became quite popular this way. Today the Langenes atlas is mostly associated with Petrius Bertius, who published the first Latin edition in 1600 under the title 'Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum'.
Condition: Minor time toning to edges of sheet. Corners of sheet chipped. French text on verso.