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1593 Gerard de Jode

A striking example of the De Jode's desirable map of the Asia, which appeared in only in the 1593 edition of his Speculum Orbis Terrarum.

The map shows an unusual projection of Japan, no Korean Peninsula and a marvelous depiction of known continent. The Great Wall is shown, as are vingnettes in the map showing the indigenous peoples of China, Tartaria, Persia, India and various island peoples, complete with tribal garb, hunting gear, etc.

\Two large sailings and two sea monsters are also shown, along with an elaborate strapwork title.

A striking example of this important map, in gorgeous full color with latin text on the verso, which has been ruled in old hand.

Gerard de Jode Biography

Gerard De Jode (1509-1591) was a pre-eminent mapmaker in the late seventeenth century, a time when the Dutch dominated the map trade. He was known for his many maps, some of which featured in Speculum Orbis Terrae (first edition Antwerp: 1578). Although never as successful as Ortelius’ Theatrum, the Speculum did get republished in a second edition in 1593, two years after De Jode’s death, by Arnold Coninx, and included this map. After his death, Gerard’s son, Cornelis (1568-1600), and his wife, Paschina, ran the shop. Unfortunately, Cornelis died young in 1600, aged only 32, and the stock and plates were sold to the publisher Joan Baptista Vrients.