BERTIUS, PETRUS. Theatri Geographiae Veterus. Leiden and Amsterdam: Isaac Elzevir and Jodocus Hondius 1618-19. 2 vols. in one, folio, 437 x 275 mm. (17 3/16 x 10 13/16 in.), modern red morocco, spine lettered in gilt, board edges and turn-ins ruled in gilt, g.e., joints rubbed, upper joint cracked at top, inner hinges split; modern cloth folding box; marginal repairs and light foxing to first 4 leaves, scattered mostly marginal foxing, a few text leaves darkened, occasional small marginal tears or repairs, text leaf DD4 with tear catching a side-note, abraded areas with loss affecting Asia map 7, 2nd plate of Peutinger table, and British Isles map, small rust-hole to Belgium map, minor dampstaining to 3rd and 4th plates of the Peutinger table, foremargin of last leaf renewed. FIRST EDITION, letterpress half-title, 2 engraved titles within baroque architectural borders, engraved portrait of Mercator on Cc1v, without the engraved portrait of Bertius on verso of dedication leaf (often not present), text of Ptolemy's Geography printed in Greek and Latin in two columns, engraved and woodcut text diagrams, 47 mostly double-page maps (4 folding) engraved by Bertius after Mercator and Ortelius (including the half-sheet map "Appendix III Tabulae Afr.", lacking in many copies, misbound at end). Koeman I, Ber 3; Phillips 4333; Sabin 66497.
The first part contains 28 maps reproduced from Mercator's 1578 and later editions of Ptolemy; the second part consists of a copy of Ortelius's Peutinger table and 14 maps from the Parergon. Although the colophon states that the work was printed in Leiden, the title of Part II has the Amsterdam imprint of Jodocus Hondius and is dated 1619.