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Nova, et itegra universi orbis descriptio [cartographic material] 





Place of creation


1 map : mounted on cardboard folder, ill., hand col. ; 27 x 35 cm.

Scope and content

Double-cordiform map with North American continent an extension of Asian mainland. Earliest recognizable depiction of continuous east coast of North America on printed map. West coast of Mexico, although continuous with Asia, is earliest record on a printed map of the discoveries of Hernando Cortes.

Cartographic material
90: Open
Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC8212
90: Open
Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection Item #5
Cartographic material
90: Open
5 Item no. assigned by LAC 5
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Other accession no.
80101/245 CA
Local class no.

Terms of use

Credit Library and Archives Canada.
Copyright expired.

Additional name(s)

Biography / Administrative history

Renaissance astronomer, mathematican, teacher, cartographer, illustrator and wood engraver from the Dauphinais area of France. Wrote theoretical works on many subjects including astronomy, astrology, mathematics and music. His famous map " Nova, et integra universi orbis descriptio" a woodcut double-cordiform world map, first appeared in 1531 with at least 6 states being produced up to 1555.

Additional information

Woodcut engraving.

Title taken from banner across map in other reference sources. This copy missing most of title.

Banner appearing along bottom reads" Pars borelais par vv stralis"

This double cordiform map includes a decorative border depicting sea creatures and flora.

This state of the map was printed by "Christianus Weche"

Pictorial relief.

Physical condition note
This map is torn and missing the southern hemisphere.It has been mounted on a protective cardboard folder.

Custodial history
Part of the Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection purchased by the Public Archives of Canada in 1981.

Related materials
For other copies or states see: H3/10000/1531 (State 1) (NMC 8175) ; Mikan 4147467

Cartographic math data
Scale indeterminate : double cordiform projection (W 180°--E 180°/N 90° --S 90°)

Citation / reference note
Shirley, Entry 66
Ricard B. Arkway Inc. Catalog 54 World Maps, c. 1200-1700, entry 11.

Availability of other formats note
The microfiche version is NMC 8212

Exhibitions note
This map was part of an exhibition held at The Royal Ontario Museum, March 1954 entitled "The Discovery & Mapping of the Great Lakes 'Sweet Water' 1522-1703 showcasing MacDonald's Collection.

Subject heading

1. World - Maps - Early works to 1600 .


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