Rare Map of Eastern Asia
"Tertiae Partis Asiae quae Modernis India Orientalis Dicitur Acurata Delineatio...", Jode, Gerard de
Subject: Southern & Southeast Asia
Period: 1578 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
19.7 x 12.9 inches
50 x 32.8 cm
A very rare and beautiful map of the Far East focusing on the region from India to China. It includes the Malay Peninsula with a large Singapore (Cingatola), the Philippines and the Moluccas. It is based on Gastaldi's map of Asia (1559) and from Jesuit sources in China. The Philippine Islands have a recognizable configuration, but Borneo is far too small. The mythical Cayamay Lago is depicted with five rivers flowing south, and China is depicted with a simplistic diagonal coastline. Decorated with a strapwork title cartouche and compass rose. Latin text on verso. The map was engraved by Lucas & Jan van Doeticum in circa 1566 and first published in 1578 in De Jode's Speculum Orbis Terrarum. The only other edition (Speculum Orbis Terrae) was published in 1593 by his son Cornelis. In 1600 the plates were sold to Vrients, who had also acquired the Ortelius plates, merely to stop their re-issue. As a result this map is very rare.
An excellent example on watermarked paper with very light soiling and short centerfold separations at top and bottom that have been professionally repaired.