Early and scarce map of South America.

de Jode, Cornelius (1568-1600): Brasilia et Peruvia. Ad Strenuu et Magnificu Dnm. D. Theodoricu Echter…

Antwerp 1593

copper engraved map; overall 42 x 55 cm; plate 36 x 41,5 cm. fold as issued; paper evenly toned with some some faint discolouration; some faint off-set; additional printer’s creases; small marginal spit top c’fold; o/w exc. cond.

One of the most decorative and early map of the South America! The map shows part of Central America and all of South America, with Tierra del Fuego being part of a large land mass that merges into Australia. The map is embellished with various sea creatures as well as sailing ships and native vessels. Within the map, various indigenous animals and people are depicted, some in conflict with conquering foreigners: there are two scenes, where the intruders are not fairing particularly well! The title is above the map with scroll work to either side. Nice strong impression, with watermark; on verso Latin text. 

Cornelius De Jode was the son of Gerard de Jode (1509-1591), a Dutch engraver, printer, printseller, publisher and cartographer. In 1578, he published an atlas ‘Speculum Orbis Terrarum’ which was re-published by his son, Cornelius, in 1593. 

Cornelius’ map of South America deviates from his father’s map in as much as the title is no longer within the map as well as omitting  two insets of smaller maps; some of the decorative elements have been omitted as well.

Maps both by father and son are very hard to come by as Speculum did not prove to be such a success as Ortelius’ atlases and the publication was very small.

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