Early scarce map of Africa, published by Cornelis De Jode in 1593
De Jode's map is an interesting amalgamation of cartographical sources. The map was prepared for the second edition of the Speculum Orbis Terrarum, after his father's death in 1591, replacing his father's map of Africa derived primarily from Gastaldi.
The map retains the continental outline from Gastaldi, with the interior based primarily on Mercator's world map of 1569. This is evident in the river systems, including Sachaf lac as the source of the Zabere (Zembere), Cuama and R. d S. Spirito rivers in southern Africa.
De Jode also relies on Ortelius as a source. For example, the placement of Zanzibar on the southwest coast.
Decorated with ships and sea monsters and representations of the native people scattered across the map.
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.