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Delineatio Freti Vaigats

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Article ID EUO3911
Artist Bertius (1565-1629)
Petrus Bertius (1565 -1629) was a Flemish theologian, historian, geographer and cartographer, He grew up in Beveren (Flanders). In 1593 he was appointed mathematics professor and librarian of the University of Leyden. His main cartographic work includes a miniature world atlas of 1600, a pocket atlas of the German Empire of 1616 with 26 engraved maps and 101 city views, a version of the Geographia of Ptolemy with 28 maps by Mercator and 14 maps from the Parergon of Ortelius of 1618, but he is known today as a cartographer with his edition of the Geographia of Ptolemy (based on Mercator's edition of 1578) and for his atlas.
Title Delineatio Freti Vaigats
Year ca. 1618
Description Map shows the south part of Vaygach Island in the Arctic Sea, the Yugorsky Strait and partly Russia.
Novaya Zemlya also known as Nova Zembla is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean in northern Russia and the extreme northeast of Europe, the easternmost point of Europe lying at Cape Flissingsky on the Northern island. West of Novaya Zemlya is the Barents Sea, and to the east is the Kara Sea. The Russians knew of Novaya Zemlya from the 11th century, when hunters from Novgorod visited the area. For Western Europeans, the search for the Northern Sea Route in the 16th century led to its exploration. The first visit from a Western European was by Hugh Willoughby in 1553. Dutch explorer Willem Barentsz reached the west coast of Novaya Zemlya in 1594, and in a subsequent expedition of 1596, he rounded the northern cape and wintered on the northeastern coast. Barentsz died during the expedition, and may have been buried on Severny Island. During a later voyage by Fyodor Litke in 1821–1824, the western coast was mapped. On Gerhards Mercator large world map from 1597 , it is alredy named as Nova Zemla. Henry Hudson was another explorer who passed through Novaya Zemlya while searching for the Northeast Passage.
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Dimensions (cm)10 x 13,5 cm
ConditionPerfect condition
Coloringcolored
TechniqueCopper print

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