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Portugalliae Quae Olim Lusitania
1578 - Copper engraving, sheet: 56 x 40,5 cm, image: 52 x 31,5 cm Highly detailed early map of Portugal with sea monsters and ships. Rare first edition with Latin text verso from 'Speculum orbis terrarum' by Gerard de Jode. Engraved by Johannes and Lucas van Deutecum and based upon a map by Fernando Álvaro Seco from 1561. 'In 1578 Gerard de Jode published his Speculum Orbis Terrarum, an atlas aimed at competing with the Theatrum of Ortelius. However, the latter had first been issued in 1570 and had already built a commanding market presence, and so despite de Jode's longer standing reputation the atlas did not sell very well. Only a dozen or so examples have survived. Undeterred, he made plans for another expanded edition, and upon his death in 1591 it was taken on by his son Cornelis. The Speculum Orbis Terrae of 1593 likewise did not sell well and was never reissued. Although more examples than the first edition have survived, it too is very scarce. Many of de Jode's maps are judged to be superior to those of Ortelius, both in detail and style.(Philipp D. Burden, The Mapping of North America)'. Beautiful deep dark impression. In a good condition with light grey toning of the plate. Decently cleaned. Uncolored as originally published. - Ortroy p. 60 and 124/56; Conde coll. S. 96; Imagens S. 80; Koeman III, 6300:32; Karrow 67/1.3.
      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Dasa Pahor]
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