Fine old color example of Gerard De Jode's map of Hessiae, from the Speculum Orbis Terrarum, which along with Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum are the earliest modern atlases of the World.
The map is centered on the Fulda River, with the Werra River in east, Kirchen and Franckenberg in the extreme west, Henneberg in the southeast and Neustate and Allendorff in the north. Engraved by Joannes Van Deutecum. De Jode's atlas was not a commercial success and maps from this atlas are rare, especially the 1578 edition.
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.