Portugalliae Quae Olim Lusitania
31.5 x 52.5 cms
Very rare map of Portugal after Alvaro Secco, from Cornelis de Jode's 1593 'Speculum Orbis Terrarum'. The map was finely engraved by the van Doetecum brothers, and first issued by his father Gerard de Jode in 1578. The map is beautifully decorated with sailing ships, sea monsters, a compass rose and a strapwork cartouche. West is at the top of the map.
"Gerard de Jode, born in Nijmegen, was a cartographer, engraver, printer and publisher in Antwerp, issueing maps from 1555 more or less in the same period as Ortelius. He was never able to offer very serious competition to his more businesslike rival although, ironically, he published Ortelius's famous 8-sheet World Map in 1564. His major atlas, now extremely rare, could not be published until 1578, eight years after the 'Theatrum', Ortelius having obtained a monopoly for that period.
The enlarged re-issue by his son in 1593 is more frequently found. On the death of Cornelis, the copper plates passed to J.B. Vrients (who bought the Ortelius plates about the same time) and apparantly no further issue of the atlas was published."
(Moreland & Bannister).