Nova Descriptio Hispaniae

Gerard de Jode (*1509 - 1591)
Antique map of Spain - Portugal. Printed in Antwerp by G. de Jode in 1578.

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This scarce map of Spain and Portugal originates from the renowned Italian architect Pirro Ligorio, as indicated at the top, and was engraved by Johannes and Lucas Doetecum for Gerard de Jode's Speculum Orbis Terrarum. The map is adorned with sea monsters and galleons. Our particular example hails from the first edition of the Speculum, published in 1578.

Geographically the map includes regions of Spain, Portugal, Galicia, Castile and Léon, Andalusia, Granada, Catalonia, Navarre, Aragon, Valencia, Murcia, and the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Ibiza, and Formentera).

Gerard de Jode, a contemporary competitor of Ortelius, operated during the same period. However, his atlas, Speculum Orbis Terrarum, did not achieve the same commercial success as Ortelius, rendering De Jode's maps notably rarer today. Following Gerard's death in 1591, his widow and son Cornelis continued the business, reissuing the Speculum in 1593 with most plates newly engraved. Consequently, maps from the first edition, like the one in question, are exceptionally rare. After Cornelis's death in 1600, the printing plates were acquired by Vrients, the owner of Ortelius' plates, preventing their further reissue.


CartographerGerard de Jode
TitleNova Descriptio Hispaniae
Publisher, YearG. de Jode, Antwerp, 1578
Plate Size38.3 x 50.8 cm (15.1 x 20.0 inches)
Sheet Size41.4 x 55.2 cm (16.3 x 21.7 inches)
ReferenceVan der Krogt, P.: Koeman's Atlantes Neerlandici, 6000:32:01


Slight brown spotting, a few tiny holes in the centrefold. Very good condition.


Gerard de Jode was a printer, publisher, cartographer and engraver in Antwerp, active the same time period as his business rival A. Ortelius. His main work Speculum Orbis Terrarum a major World Atlas, which is extremely rare today, could not be published until 1578, eight years later than the Ortelius Atlas Theatrum Orbis Terrarum in 1570. His son Cornelius de Jode reissued the Altas in 1593. The copper plates have been sold to J.B. Vrients after the death of Cornelius, but no further publication was done. Compared to Ortelius or Mercator maps, only a small number of copies have been printed and makes the maps of G. de Jode vary rare items today.

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Antique map of Spain - Portugal. Printed in Antwerp by G. de Jode in 1578.

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