By: Cornelius de Jode
Date: 1593 (published) Antwerp
Dimensions: 13.75 x 19.5 inches (35 x 49.5 cm)
This is a fine, original color example of De Jode’s landmark map of North America. This map was the first folio size atlas map to feature the continent and is only preceded by the separately issued Forlani/Zaltieri map of 1565.
De Jode's picture of America is dominated by a large Northwest Passage which connects to the single "Lago de Conibus," the early mythical lake which appears in Wytfliet's map of 1597.Three small freshwater lakes are also shown, but no Great Lakes. The course of the St. Lawrence River, flowing across the continent to Texas is equally bold. Cebola, the 7 cities paved in gold, are clearly depicted, and the detail in the Southwest and California are remarkable. Notes of the early explorations in the New World fill the map, including discussions of Verazano, Cabot, Raleighand others. An early mention of the Apaches is present. Much of the continent is divided by extensive mountain ranges running east / west.
Also included in this fine work are insets of six native inhabitants in the lower right as well as a European caravel firing on natives with bows and arrows in the top right. The map extends as far east to include the mythical island of Frilant and the Azores. A separate map focusing on the westward extension of California acts as a continuation to this map.
Condition: Map is in B condition, archival backed after being removed from dry mounting. Two horizontal cracks in the original paper can be seen when held to the light. Trimmed to neatline at the bottom.
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