Fine old color example of De Jode Map of the sources of the Rhine River.
The map is oriented with southwest at the top and covers southwestern Germany, the northern Switzerland and Vorarlberg, with the area between Ulm, Lake Thun, Bern, Basel and Offenburg. With Zurich and the Lake Constance in the center.
Below the scale of miles is a text line reading Gerardus de Jode excudebat Anno Do. 1569, likely the first year of publication of the map as a separately issued sheet.
The map is one of a series of 3 maps engraved by De Jode showing the course of the Rhine.
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.