Striking example of Gerard De Jode's map of the Holy Land, which appeared in the 1593 edition of Cornelis De Jode's Speculum Orbis Terrarum.
Oriented with east at the top, De Jode's map of the Holy Land is noteworthy for its inclusion of dozens of small vignettes, illustrating stories from the Bible, with corresponding citations to the relevant book and verse.
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.