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Totius Orbis Cogniti Universalis Descriptio ... - de Jode ,1593.

Copper engraving
Size: 32 x 52cm (13 x 20 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Excellent.
References: Shirley (World), 165; Van der Krogt 3, 0001:32B.

From: Speculum Orbis Terrae. Antwerpen, G. De Jode, 1593. (Van der Krogt 3, 2:02)

"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." (Burden)

"A note on this map in the lower right-hand corner states that Cornelis Jode of Antwerp made it in November 1589 at the Academy of Douai; the printer's signature is that of Cornelis' father Gerard. Publication of the map in atlas form was deferred until the re-issue of the Speculum in 1593 (two years after Gerard's death) when it appeared in company with a second world map, unsigned, in two hemispheres.
Cornelis de Jode's map is on the rectangular projection usually attributed to Marinus of Tyre: the geographic features follow those of Mercator and Ortelius (1570) without incorporating more recent changes. In the top corners are two smaller maps showing the western and eastern hemispheres on Roger Bacon's circular projection.
The Speculum was not a financial success and there were no further issues." (Shirley)
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