Americae Pars Borealis, Florida, Baccalaos, Canada, Corterealis. C. DE JODE.
The First Printed Folio Map of North America
North America/ Virginia.
[Antwerp, 1593]

Americae Pars Borealis, Florida, Baccalaos, Canada, Corterealis.

14 1/2 x 19 7/8 inches. Fine vibrant original color. Excellent.

A gorgeous example, in vibrant original color, of the first full folio-size map specifically of North America and the first overall produced in the Netherlands.  It was preceded only by the smaller but very rare Forlani map of 1565 and the yet much smaller derivative of it by Porcacchi, published 1572.  Neither of these maps appear in original shop color.  Published in a single edition, De Jode’s North America map is scarce on the market, but very rare in full original color as here. 

De Jode’s map provides a unique, contextual view of North America just as the earliest European settlements were beginning.  It is the first general map of the continent known to us to use the place name “Virginia,” as the Hakluyt in 1587, Mazza c. 1589, and Hogenberg c. 1589 maps all are of the Western Hemisphere and extremely rare.  There is also a long note on the De Jode providing a brief history of the Roanoke colony as well as a glowing account of the area’s resources.  Similarly, De Jode’s map was the first map of North America with “St. Augustine”; only two other printed maps of any kind precede it: the Boazio plan of St/ Augustin and the Hogenberg map of the Western Hemisphere, both published together in 1589.

De Jode’s was the first general map to incorporate White's cartography of the Virginia and North Carolina areas and Le Moyne’s mapping of northern Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. The former resulted from the ill-fated Roanoke colony of the English of the 1570's and the latter from a similarly disastrous effort by the French in northern Florida and lower Carolina in the 1560's. Shown on the map are the landfalls of the two French expeditions of Laudonniere and Ribault.  Prominent on the map is a wide strait representing the Northwest Passage through Canada, which motivated earlier voyages of exploration. 

Burden 81; Schwartz, Mapping of America, p. 78, 83; Heidenreich/ Dahl, “The French Mapping of North America . . . ,“ in The Map Collector, Issue 13, pp. 2-3.


Price: $38,500.00

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