C1791

Petrus Plancius

Mapmaker:

Petrus Plancius (1552 - 1622)

$A 165

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S/N: POR-OS-PLAN–233394
(DRW005)

Full Title:

Petrus Plancius

Date:

C1791

Mapmaker:

Petrus Plancius (1552 - 1622)

Engraver:

Rein Vinkeles 
(1741 – 
1816)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving hand coloured

Image Size: 

88mm 
x 148mm

Paper Size: 

120mm 
x 218mm

Description:

C18th portrait of Petrus Plancius the most influential mapmaker of the Golden Period of Dutch map making. In 1602 Plancius was appointed official cartographer of the Dutch East India Company.

Biography:

Petrus Plancius (1552-1622)

Plancius was a Flemish minister of the Reformed Church, an astronomer and cartographer. He studied theology in Germany and England.  He fled Brussels for Amsterdam because of fear of religious prosecution by the Inquisition after the city fell into Spanish hands in 1585. There he became interested in navigation and cartography and, he was one of the first to appreciate the significance of earlier Portuguese charts and became the expert on the charting of the sea routes to the Indies. He was an advocate of a North East passage.

In 1602 he was appointed official cartographer of the Dutch East India Company.

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