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Description

Fine old color example of Gerard de Jode's map of Northern Germany and Western Poland.

The North Sea is adorned by a fish and the Baltic Sea by a sailing ship, and the borders of Schleswig-Posen-Dresden-Groningen are featured.  

The map is based on Christian Sgrothen's manuscript atlas of the region and was engraved by Johannes van Deutecum.

Condition Description
Old color
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.