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Auction 94, Lot 372

"Tertiae Partis Asiae", Jode, Gerard de

Subject: East Asia

Period: 1578-93 (published)


Color: Hand Color

19.4 x 12.7 inches
49.3 x 32.3 cm
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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 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. Strapwork title cartouche and compass rose.

References: Koeman: Jod 2.

Condition: A

Original color, freshened with repair of centerfold which includes a tiny area of paper replacement in a worm track. Minor toning of centerfold, overall a crisp impression and lovely example of this rare map, especially in original color.

Estimate: $8,000 - $9,000

Sold for: $4,750

Closed on 3/7/2001