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Old antique map of Holland by G. de Jode

Item number:11994
Category:Antique maps > europe > low countries - netherlands
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***   Rare first edition of G. de Jode's HOLLANDIA   ***


Nova et Castigatior Comitatus Hollandiae Descriptio. - G. de Jode, 1578.   

Old map of Holland, by G. de Jode.

Oude, antieke kaart van Holland, door G. de Jode.


Date of first edition: 1578
Date of this map: 1578

Copper Engraving
Size: 37 x 51 cm (14.57 x 20.08 inch) (height x width)
Verso: Latin text
Condition: Uncoloured, centrefold restored.
Condition Rating: B
References: Van der Krogt 3, 3400:32A b; Blonk D.I., 14; Karrow, 25/4.10; TNH Doet3, 591

From: Speculum Orbis Terrae. Antwerp, G. De Jode, 1578. (Van der Krogt 3, 32:02)


In 1578 Gerard de Jode published his Speculum Orbis Terrarum, an atlas aimed at competing with the Theatrum of Ortelius. However, the latter had first been issued in 1570 and had already built a commanding market presence, and so despite de Jode's longer standing reputation the atlas did not sell very well. Only a dozen or so examples have survived. Undeterred, he made plans for another expanded edition, and upon his death in 1591 it was taken on by his son Cornelis. The Speculum Orbis Terrae of 1593 likewise did not sell well and was never reissued. Although more examples than the first edition have survived, it too is very scarce. Many of de Jode's maps are judged to be superior to those of Ortelius, both in detail and style.

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