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A Fine Example

Greece/Aegean. JODE, DE G. & C [Antwerp, 1578/ 1593]
Videbis totius Greciae limites divisos per mōtes flumina & mariae, nominib. Hodiernis, ad hunc modū . . . . 15 ½ x 20 ¼
Fine hand color; fine condition.


A rare map of Greece, the Greek Islands, and the Aegean coast of Asia Minor published in only two editions. A beautiful, crisp example with a strong impression and fine hand color.
De Jode had the misfortune of attempting to enter the atlas market at the same time as the highly successful Ortelius, whose Theatrum Orbis Terrarum would be produced in forty-two editions. While there is little consensus on a qualitative comparison of the Speculum with the Theatrum, commercially the De Jode’s atlas was no match to Ortelius’. The lack of success and hence the scarcity of the De Jode has been attributed to his rival’s superior political and business connections; Ortelius was able to enjoy a license and monopoly for his atlas, whereas DeJode’s efforts to secure a license were fruitless for many years. As a result only two editions were published, making De Jode's maps difficult-to-find prizes for the collector today.

Zacharakis 1759 b(1161).

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