1 April 2014
JODE, Cornelius de (1568-1600). Novae Guineae Forma & Situs. Antwerp, 1593.
Engraved map of New Guinea and Australia, colored by hand, image 345 x 214 mm (400 x 262 mm sheet). Latin text on verso. (Some light browning, a few minor marginal tears, repaired on verso.)
THE FIRST PRINTED MAP OF AUSTRALIA. "Though this copperplate has New Guinea as its title and shows also the Solomon Islands, the whole of the lower half of the map depicts an entirely imaginary northern coast of Australia with vignettes of a native with bow and arrow attacking a gryphon, a snake and a lion" (Tooley) The map appears for the first time in the second edition of De Jode's atlas issued by his son Cornelius Speculum Orbis Terrae Antwerp, 1593. Schilder Australia Unveiled 13; Tooley, Mapping of Australia 385.
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