Caert- Langenes ( - ) Barent Langenes & Cornelius Claez

The publication of the Caert- Langenes by Barent Langenes & Cornelius Claez in 1598 provided in a small affordable format new and current geographic information readily available in Amsterdam of recent discoveries at the end of the c.16th.


Reference: Dr. Peter van der Krogt, Koeman’s Atlantes Neerlandici (new edition) Volume III, Part A, p.373-75, item 341:01, 341:02, 341:03

The Caert-Thresoor of 1598 set a new standard for minor atlases. Scholars like Petrus Bertius and Jacobus Viverius edited the text. Their contents reflect the level of cartography in Amsterdam at the turn of the century, where up-to-date information on newly discovered regions was readily available. The Caert-Thresoor is a collection of maps to which the text was adapted and not the other way around as is the case with many geographical studies of the period. Its success must have prompted Jodocus Hondius to publish a reduced edition of Mercator’s Atlas in 1607.

The first edition was published in 1598 by Barent Langenes, bookseller and publisher located in ‘De Vier Winden’ in Middelburg (1597-1605). Little is known about Langenes, except that he published some travel descriptions. As is stated on the title page, the edition was also sold by Cornelis Claesz, in Amsterdam. All later editions were published by Claesz and his successors.

1598 (Kroght 341:01) First edition, very rare. Maps have no indication of the degrees of latitdue and longitude .
1599 (Kroght 341:02) Second edition, rare. Most of the maps now added an indication of the degrees of latitdue and longitude .
1600 (Krogt 341:51) The text was rewritten, first by Petrus Bertius. The book was reissued under the title P. Berti Tabularum Geographicarum, contractarum Libri quatuor, in 1600. Bertius recomposed the contents, following Ptolemy’s arrangement.
1609 (Krogt 341:03) Jacobus Viverius wrote an entirely revised Dutch text, which was published under the title Handboeck of Corp Begrijp der Caerten.
1609 (or later) the year of Cornelis Claesz.’s death, a French edition appeared, printed by Matthaeus Becker (II) for Hendrick Laurensz.
1616 Jodocus Hondius Jr. issued an entirely new small atlas with all the maps re-made and the text revised by Bertius.

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