First edition of De Jode's highly desireable map of the region, bounded by the Black Sea and Mediterranean in the West and Afganistan and Central Asia in the East. Cyprus is prominently shown in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The 579 edition of the map pre-dates the appearance of the name "Meotis" in the Mare de le Zabache (Sea of Azov). Palus Meotis was the ancient name for Sea of Azof, with references to the name dating back to Strabo and before.
De Jode's was a contemporary of Ortelius. His Speculum Orbis did not enjoy the same commercial success as Ortelius, making his maps very scarce and highly desireable. This map was engraved by the van Deutecum brothers and is based upon an earlier map by Gastaldi.