1593 de Jode - Asia, Partium Orbis Maxima [Great Wall of China]
Very rare old color 1593 De Jode map of Asia, including the Great Wall of China
Asia, Partium Orbis Maxima
Cornelius de Jode, Speculum Orbis Terrae
46.3 x 37 cm (18.2 x 14.5 in)
Original hand color
Marvelous example of Gerard de Jode's map of Asia (originally based on the landmark work of Giacomo Gastaldi), published by his son Cornelius in Speculum Orbis Terrae.
The map depicts the Great Wall of China, highlighted in red and complete with towers, protecting the Chinese Empire along its northern border.
The geography shown on the map is an interesting mix of 16th century notions of East Asia, a region still largely misunderstood in Europe. Japan takes a strange shape, similar to that seen on maps by Ortelius. Korea is missing completely. Singapore is labeled (Sinapura) and the Philippines is an unusual mix of islands.
The title set in a panel with strapwork designs and two heads; the seas are decorated with galleys, ships, sea monsters and fishermen, the land with tents and men with spears and bows.
A true collectors' item, rare and beautiful.
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