Aracam. Descriptio Arachan et Pegu.

Early map by Pieter van den Keere (1571-1646) of Burma, one of the earliest maps to solely focus on the country. The map focuses around present day Bago (Pegu on the map) which is the capital of the Bago Region … Read Full Description


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Aracam. Descriptio Arachan et Pegu.




In good condition.


Hand coloured copper engraving.

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x 87mm

Paper Size: 

x 108mm
Aracam. Descriptio Arachan et Pegu. - Antique Map from 1603

Genuine antique



Early map by Pieter van den Keere (1571-1646) of Burma, one of the earliest maps to solely focus on the country.

The map focuses around present day Bago (Pegu on the map) which is the capital of the Bago Region in Myanmar.

Van den Keere’s map is named after one of the kingdoms which comprised the region of Burma. Arakan Yoma range, and wielded considerable influence over neighbouring Chittagong, which it had claimed as a vassal state since 1459. Although early relations between Portugal and Arakan were marred by mutual distrust, piracy and looting, during the latter part of the sixteenth century Portugal aligned itself with Arakan and Chittagong to subdue Pegu. This alliance led to the tragic devastation of Pegu by the Arakanese-Chittagongese-Portuguese triangle in 1599-1600. Lagengenes used Arakan, the mightier of these two Portuguese allies, to denote Burma as a whole.

The map include the Burmese town of Macao. In the mid-1580’s, the Englishman Ralph Fitch visited Makhau on his way to Pegu, describing it as “a pretty town, where we left our boats or Paroes“.

From Bertius, Petrus; Tabulae Geograhphicae Contractae… Amsterdam, Cornelis Claez.

Suarez, T. Early Mapping of Southeast Asia. Singapore 1999: : P.190, ill. Fig 107.
Kroght, P. Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici. Amsterdam 1997. Nine volumes.: : 341:52 4th Book Asia, (151) 2P1v-2P3r, [8345:341] Aracam (PK) 2P1v,p. 594).
Shirley, R. Maps in the Atlases of The British Library. London 2004: : This edition not in BM.

Caert- Langenes ( - )

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. Bibiliographic history of the CAERT-THRESOOR BY BARENT LANGENES AND CORNELIS CLAESZ. 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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Pieter van den Keere (1571 - 1646)

Was a Flemish engraver, globe maker, and publisher who spent most of his career working in England and the Holland. His Latinised name was Petrus Kaerius. He was born in Ghent in 1571 to engraver Hendrik van den Keere and moved to London with his family around 1583-4 for religious reasons. In London, he received training as an engraver from his brother-in-law, Jodocus Hondius. In 1593, they both settled in Amsterdam. There is little information known of his life.

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