Fine old color example of De Jode's map of the Duchy of Anjou
The map is centered on Angers and the course of the Loire River and Maine River.
Below the title cartouche is a key showing the types of towns illustrated on the map.
The map was engraved by Johannes van Doetecum and also the in 1578 edition of De Jode's Atlas.
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.