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De Jodes' rare world map

Totius Orbis Cogniti Universalis Descriptio Cui etiam eandem orbis terrae delineationem, duorum circulorum capacitate huius descriptionis mundi longitudinem documento admirantibus adiecimus anno MDLXXXIX.
DE JODE, Cornelis
Gerard de Jode,
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425 by 566mm (16.75 by 22.25 inches).
  • Description

    Double-page engraved map.

  • Notes

    A map of the world by Cornelis de Jode and published by his father, Gerard.

    The map shows two views of the world. The main chart is a world map on a rectangular projection. Points of interest include the portrayal of the gigantic southern continent 'Terra Australis', believed to represent the rest of the landmass implied by the passage of Tierra del Fuego, reaching up to near New Guinea. The South American continent is disproportionately wide. The Strait of Anian separates America and Asia. The two small hemispheric maps to either side of the title show the western and eastern hemispheres on Roger Bacon's circular projection.

    The imprint at the lower edge states that the map was created by Cornelis de Jode in November 1589 at the Academy of Douai, and published or printed by his father Gerard de Jode.

    The map appeared in the second edition of the de Jodes' exceptionally rare atlas 'Speculum orbis terrae', published in 1593.

    This map was prepared for the second edition of the de Jode 'Speculum orbis terrarum' undertaken by Gerard de Jode and completed by his son and heir, Cornelis, as the 'Speculum orbis terrae'. Although a superior map to Ortelius' version, the atlas sold poorly by comparison with Ortelius' 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum', and is the reason for comparative rarity of de Jode's maps today.

    Born in Nijmegen in 1509, Cornelis de Jode was a cartographer, engraver, printer and publisher based in Antwerp, then one of the major commercial capitals of Europe. Little is known of his early training or education, and it was not until well into his 30s, in 1547, that de Jode was admitted to the Guild of St. Luke and became a print seller. In 1550 he was licensed as a printer. He printed Jacopo Gastaldi's map of the world in 1555, Jacob van Deventer's map of Brabant in 1558, maps by Bartholomeus Musinus, Fernando Alvares Seco, and (before they became competitors) Abraham Ortelius's eight-sheet map of the world (1564).

  • Bibliography

    van der Krogt 0001:32B; Shirley 165.