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Orbis terrarum typus de integro multis in locis emendatus [cartographic material] / 



Place of creation




1 map : ill., hand col. ; double hemisphere each 27 cm in diam. on sheet 50 x 60 cm.

Scope and content

Double hemispherical map, with 2 smaller celestial spheres, 12 panels of allegorical figures and scenes depicting the seasons and elements, engraved map by Pieter Goos.

Cartographic material
90: Open
Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist. Microfiche version is open.
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC8248
90: Open
Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection # 38
Cartographic material
90: Open
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Other accession no.
80101/245 CA
Local class no.

Terms of use

Copyright: Expired
Credit Library and Archives Canada

Additional name(s)

Biography / Administrative history

Claes Jansz Visscher was born in Amsterdam in 1587. He started his career as an engraver and at one point was a pupil of Jodocus Hondius. He later became known as a publisher. He became famous for his etches of Dutch landscapes and of historical scenes, such as seiges, battles, etc. In 1623 he is known to have purchased copperplates of an atlas from Pieter van der Keere. Visscher died in 1640 and his business was carried on by his son Nicolaes Visscher I. (Source: Koeman, Dr. Ir. C. "Atlantes Needlandici, v. 3)

Additional information

Pictorial relief.

Copperplate engraving

Map includes an error in the cartouche titled "America" which describes America as first discovered by Chrisitopher Columbus in 1592 and subsequently by Armerigo Vespucci in 1599

Cartouche appearing on right hand hemisphere states: Nicolaus Ioannis Visscherius Tabellam hanc excudit, Amstelodami Anno. 1638. Pieter Goos, Sculpsité

Text on verso entitled: Inleyding tot de beschrijving der Wereldt en harer deelen.

Shirley states that this copy is State 1 of the map.

Visscher's name means 'fisherman', and on this 1638 edition it is given first in its Latin translation, Piscator, and also with Latin names Nicolaus and Ioannis, followed by Visscherius, a latinised ending of his surname.

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

Related materials
For other copies and states see: Mikan 4153648.

Cartographic math data
Scale indeterminate.

Citation / reference note
Shirley, Entry 346.
Wagner, v. II, Entry 334.

Availability of other formats note
The microfiche version is NMC8248 (& text)

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 1800.


Other system control no.