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Zeeland, by Gerard de Jode.

Biography de Jode

Gerard and Cornelis de Jode

Gerard de Jode (Judaeus) (1508(?)-1591), a native of Nijmegen, began his career as a printer and engraver in Antwerp about 1550. He lived on the Vatelijne Veste, or on "de Catte", near the Bourse. He was in regular contact with Christoffel Plantin, to whom he sold many prints and maps. De Jode's business, which must have been a major one among the many booksellers and printers in Antwerp, was represented at the Frankfurt fair, where de Jode bought maps which he later copied or re-sold. Most of the maps sold by De Jode have prototypes of Italian or German origin. Apart of his many separately published maps, Gerard de Jode is known for his atlas, Speculum Orbis Terrarum, published in 1578. Part of the engraving was done by himself, part by brothers Jan and Lucas van Doetecum.

Gerard de Jode and Abraham Ortelius, both of whom made their living partly as map sellers, were competitors and apparently not always on good terms.

After the death of Gerard de Jode in 1591, the business was carried on by his widow Pascale van Gelder, and by his son Cornelis (1568-1600). The latter, who was more a publisher than an engraver, reissued the Speculum in 1593, adding new maps and revising others.

Despite all its deficiencies, the Speculum must have had a good reputation. It is mentioned alongside with Mercator's Atlas and Ortelius Theatrum in Petrus Montanus's preface to the Germania Inferior of Pieter van den Keere.


Zelandia., 1578.

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Item Number:  26530
Category:  Antique maps > Europe > The Netherlands
References: Van der Krogt 3 - 3600:32, Blonk-van der Wijst (Zeeland) - #3.3, TNH Doet3 - 592 III

Old map of Zeeland, by G. de Jode.


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

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

Copper engraving, printed on paper.
Size (not including margins): 36 x 48cm (14 x 18.7 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Original coloured, excellent.
Condition Rating: A+
References: Van der Krogt 3, 3600:32; Blonk-van der Wijst (Zeeland), #3.3; TNH Doet3, 592 III.

From: Speculum Orbis Terrae. Antwerp, G. De Jode, 1578. (Van der Krogt 3, 32:01)

"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."