Secundae Partis Asiae
De Jode’s extraordinary map of Arabia — among the finest maps of the region on the market.
Based on Giacomo Gastaldi’s landmark 1561 map and engraved by Joannes & Lucas Van Deutecum, this is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular 16th century maps of Arabia. It covers an area of land stretching west-east from the West Nile Delta to the Maldives, and south-north from the Horn of Africa to Damascus.
The geography of the map is a signifiant improvement over earlier Ptolemaic productions, especially the width of the Red Sea and the shape and orientation of the Persian Gulf. The ‘S’ curve of the Straight of Hormuz is also a much more accurate reflection of reality. However, the topography of the interior of the Arabian Peninsula, still a great unknown for European mapmakers, is largely invented. This includes Ptolemaic legacies such as the mythical lake of Stag Lago, as well as newly fabricated mountain systems not delineated by Ptolemy.
The title box reads as follows:
Secundae partis Asiae: typus qua oculis subijciuntur itinera nautarum qui Calecutium Indiae mercandorum aromatum caufa fre quentant, ac eorum quoqz qui terrestri itinere ade unt Suacham, Laccam, in domino Praeto Iani, nec non eorum qui Aden et ormum inuifunt, et Balsaram quoque castrum, supra Euphratem fluuium situm, omnia suis gradibus subiecta, cum longitudinis tum latitudinis / Iacobo Castaldo pedemontano authore; Gerhardus de Iode excudebat
Verso text: Latin. Watermark: two crossed arrows.
Reinforced centerfold, overall excellent. Wide margins.
Karrow, Robert W., Abraham Ortelius, and Leo Bagrow. Mapmakers of the Sixteenth Century and Their Maps: Bio-bibliographies of the Cartographers of Abraham Ortelius, 1570. Chicago: Published for the Newberry Library by Speculum Orbis Press, 1993., 30/91.2.
Tibbetts, G. R. Arabia in Early Maps. Ney York, NY: Oleander Maps, 1978, 38.