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Americae sive novi orbis, no=va descriptio [cartographic material] 



Place of creation


1 map : ill., hand col. ; 35 x 48 cm on sheet 48 x 58 cm.

Scope and content

This map shows the area of present day North and South America. The northern outline for Australia also appears. This version of the map includes the Solomon Islands and terra del Fuego.

Cartographic material
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Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC27667
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Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection Item #20
Cartographic material
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20 Item no. assigned by LAC 20
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Archival reference no.
Other accession no.
80101/245 CA
Local class no.
H3/1-2000/[ca. 1620], Plate III, State 2

Terms of use

Credit Library and Archives Canada.
Copyright expired.

Additional information

Copperplate engraving.

Pictorial relief.

The map first appeared in the 1570 edition of Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. This example is state three, with the bulge in South America removed and additional sailing ships added in the Pacific Ocean and a cartouche has been added in North America with the following text "Vlterius septentrionem versus hae regiones incognitae adhuc funt"

On verso text titled "El orbe Nuevo" appears on right hand side with foliation "5" on bottom of text.

Map is illustrated with symbols for settlements, sea monsters and sailing vessels. The title and secondary cartouches as well as the four corners of the map have decorative elements.

Physical condition note
On verso brown paper adhesive reinforcing map along the outer margin.

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

Related materials
For other states and versions see: H3/1-2000/[1570][1968] ; H3/1-2000/[1570] (20th C.) ; G1006.T5/1570/.S5/1964 fol. (AMICUS No 26306098) ; H3/1-2000/[1575?] Plate 1, State 3 (NMC 27721) ; H3/1-2000/1587 [1954] ; H3/1-2000/1587 (Plate III, State 1) (NMC 6861) ; G1006/.T5/1612/fol/vault (AMICUS No 26306314) (NMC 15010) plate no 5 ; G1006/.T74/1588/fol/Vault (AMICUS No 26372477) plate no 5 ; G1006/.T5/1584/fol/Vault (AMICUS No 26306177) (NMC 104405) plate no 5.

Cartographic math data
Scale indeterminate.

Citation / reference note
Burden, Entry 64, State 2

Availability of other formats note
The microfiche version is NMC 27667.

Subject heading

1. Western hemisphere - Maps - Early works to 1800.
2. North America - Maps - Early works to 1800.
3. Soth America - Maps - Early works to 1800.


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