Coloured map of Germany. Printed in Amsterdam by Johannes Janssonius 1615 [circa 1632].

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Scarce Kerius map of the Holy Roman Empire with side panels.

Very decorative and rare 'carte-à-figures' map of Germany with the surrounding countries by Pieter Kaerius (van den Keere). Shows the domain of the Roman-German emperors in the early 17th century. This is the fifth edition without date, published around 1632 by Janssonius.

The beautiful map is surrounded on all sides by figures, town views and coats of arms. The upper border shows the beautiful equestrian portraits of the emperor and the seven electors, each with a small coat of arms. On each side four figures in traditional costumes. At the bottom a series of ten town views: Cologne, Frankfurt, Strasbourg, Nuremberg, Prague, Augsburg, Heidelberg, Lübeck, Leipzig and Hamburg. Between the map and the side panels on three sides a narrow border of coats of arms. At lower left in the map a beautiful title cartouche flanked by an eagle, in the North Sea a compass rose and sailing ships as well as a sea monster in the Baltic Sea.


CartographerPieter van den Keere
TitleNova Germaniae descriptio
Publisher, YearJohannes Janssonius, Amsterdam, 1615 [circa 1632]
Plate Size46.8 x 56.6 cm (18.4 x 22.3 inches)
Sheet Size51.2 x 58.2 cm (20.2 x 22.9 inches)
ReferenceSchilder, G.: Monumenta Cartographica Neerlandica VI, 33.5 & VIII, 27.4


Minimally stained, sporadically small wormholes backed. Top and bottom trimmed to the neatline and remargined. Very good condition.


Pieter van den Keere, also Petrus Kaerius, was born in Ghent in 1571. At a young age he moved together with his family to London and was trained as an engraver by Jodocus Hondius. Like Hondius, he settled back to Amsterdam in 1593. He produced numerous copper engravings, besides those for Blaeu also for the Atlas Minor by J. Hondius. He published his own atlas of the Netherlands, Germania Inferior in 1617. In 1623 Claes Janszoon Visscher bought the copper plates of the atlas of the Netherlands and replaced Kaerius' name with his own.

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Pieter van den Keere: Nova Germaniae descriptio.
Coloured map of Germany. Printed in Amsterdam by Johannes Janssonius 1615 [circa 1632].

Germany - Keere, Pieter van den - Nova Germaniae descriptio

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