By Iohannes à Deutecum, 34 c. by 50 c. This most interesting
and important map is perhaps the earliest known. It is inscribed 'CYPRI
INSULAE NOVA DESCRIPT', and appears to have been engraved for a French
atlas of the period.
1584. By Ortelius (first attempt),
small, inaccurate, uninteresting.
1590. By Mercator, inaccurate,
1600. By Ortelius (second attempt),
copied from Iohannes à Deutecum, 39 c. by 49 c.
By Blaeuw (picture right), 38 c. by 50 c. Republished in later editions.
(Johannes Blaeu succeeded his father Willem when the latter died in
1638. Johan led the Blaeu firm, Amsterdam, Holland, to its greatest
achievement, the ' Atlas Maior' in 12 parts, the greatest and finest
atlas ever published).
1654. By I. Jaullon, Amsterdam,
inaccurate, 34 c. by 47 c.
1660. By Somer, 40 c. by 50 c.,
1720. By Sanson, interesting
1747. By Iauna (Histoire de Chypre),
45 c. by 35 c., a very exact copy from lohannes à Deutecum of
1573. The majority of the village names are the same as at the present
day, and marked in a fairly correct relative position.
During the latter part of the XVIIIth century and the XIXth century
many maps of the island were published, ending with the English Ordnance
Survey in 1882.
visit this site, with many interesting Cyprus maps
of high quality:
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Left: Philip CLUVER, Introductionis
in Universam Geographiam...,Amsterdam 1661 & Johann Christoph BECMANN,
Historia Orbis Terrarum, Geographica, Frankfurt & Leipzig 1707.
4to (203x165mm). Latin.
Two distinct books bound together ;
both deal with the history and geography of the world and were basic
geography texts with wide circulation . Culver's Introductionis in Universam
Geographiam includes a map of Cyprus . The book is a small Atlas of
the world with 46 maps , one of each main country . It was first published
in 1624 without maps and because it was well received it went through
many issues in the 17th. And 18th. centuries . However , not all Cluverius'
editions contain a map of Cyprus , and those that do , show four different
versions . The present edition contains the third version of the map
(see Fig. 44 , 1661) and it is of particular importance because it was
published by Joannes Janssonius .