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Auction 125, Lot 928

"Speculum Orbis Terrarum", Jode, Gerard de

Subject: Atlases, Facsimile

Period: 1965 (published)


Color: Black & White

12 x 17.5 inches
30.5 x 44.5 cm
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Facsimile of the extremely rare original atlas (1578) considered by many to be as cartographically important as Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum of 1570. This is the second series, volume II, in a Series of Atlases in Facsimile published by Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Ltd., consisting of 64 double-page maps and a bibliographical note by R.A. Skelton. Folio. 292 pp. Hardbound in gold cloth with gilt title on spine and gilt logo on front, with original paper dust jacket, and original shipping/storage box with the book's title on a paper label pasted down on the front.

Gerard de Jode's atlas was not a commercial success because of the formidable competition by Ortelius, who obtained a monopoly for the publication of the Theatrum before De Jode could complete his atlas. As a result the Speculum was not widely distributed, particularly in the first edition, which is reproduced here. It is estimated that only about twelve complete atlases are present today in various institutions throughout the world. Thus, this facsimile edition provides the cartophile with the opportunity to own this rare work in a beautifully reproduced example.


Condition: A

Near fine with only an occasional finger mark. Dust jacket lightly worn, box a bit soiled and scuffed.

Estimate: $200 - $275

Sold for: $190

Closed on 9/24/2008