"Portugalliae quea olim Lusitania Vernando Alvaro Secco Autore Recens Descriptio", Jode, Cornelis de
Period: 1593 (circa)
Publication: Speculum Orbis Terrae
Color: Hand Color
20.5 x 12.2 inches
52.1 x 31 cm
A rare copper engraved chart of Portugal from the surveys of Fernando Alvares Seco. This fine engraving by Joannes and Lucas Doetecum is highly decorated with sailing ships, sea monsters and a large, but simple, compass rose. Strapwork style title cartouche. Latin text on verso.
Cornelis de Jode (1568-1600) was the son of the mapmaker and publisher Gerard de Jode. The elder published several important maps including Ortelius' famous 8-sheet map of the world in 1564. His major atlas, Speculum Orbis Terrarum was a commercial failure because his rival, Abraham Ortelius, was able to obtain a monopoly for eight years at the same time De Jode was preparing the publication. After Gerard's death, his widow and son enlarged the atlas and re-issue it in 1593. On the death of Cornelis, the copper plates were sold to J. B. Vrients, who acquired them merely to stop their re-issue, as he had also acquired the Ortelius plates. De Jode maps are rarely offered on the market.
Dark impression on fine paper with wide margins. Areas of scattered light toning, paper roughness in lower margin, toned along centerfold. Will benefit from a little professional conservation.