"Cerro de Potosi", Bertius, Petrus
Subject: Potosi, Bolivia
Period: 1612 (circa)
Color: Black & White
4.9 x 3.4 inches
12.4 x 8.6 cm
This lovely bird's-eye view shows the famous mountain of silver, mined extensively by the Spanish in the 17th century. The view shows miners climbing the mountain, which is surrounded by the bustling village. German text on verso.
This view was first published by Cornelis Claesz in Conqueste van Indien in 1596, and subsequently appeared in various editions of the Caert-Thresoor published by Claesz and Barent Langenes, and then in editions of Petrus Bertius' Tabulae Geographicae Contractae through 1650. This example appeared in either the 1612 edition of Bertius' Geographischer eun oder Zusammengezogener Tabeln or the 1650 edition of Beschreibung der Gantzen Welt, which was published by Bertius and Johannes Jansson.
References: Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #Potosi:341.
A nice impression with minor toning.