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Tabula terre nove. [cartographic material]. 



Place of creation




1 map : woodcut, b. & w. : 37 x 42 cm on sheet 41 x 48 cm.

Scope and content

This is the first printed map specifically devoted to the New World to appear in an atlas. The map follows the Atlantic seaboard, showing a continuous coastline stretching from 35° south latitude, where the mouth of the Rio de la Plata lies, to the latitude of the St. Lawrence River in North America. The map forms what appears to be a complete Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Seaboard. South America is labelled Terra Incognita, and one can see the islands of Cuba (Isabella), Hispaniola (Spagnolla), Jamaica (Iamaiqua), the Virgin Islands (La Onze Mil Virgenes) and Puerto Rico (Borinquen) on what the cartographer calls Oceanus Occidentalis, the Western Ocean. An inscription indicates that the land and the islands on the map were discovered by Christopher Columbus by order of the King of Castille.

Cartographic material
90: Open
Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist. Microfiche version is open.
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC27696
90: Open
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC15731
90: Open
Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection # 89
Cartographic material
90: Open
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 information

For more information on this map see: Skelton, R.A.: Introduction to Claudius Ptolemaeus Geographia, Strassburg, 1513. Published by Theatrum Orbis Terrarum Ltd. Amsterdam MCMLXVI.

In: Ptolemy: Geographia, Strassburg, 1513. This map is sometimes called the "Admiral's Map" ascribed to Columbus himself. (Skelton: Introduction ... 513, front flap). Though the map is not signed, Skelton: after surveying the scattered and sometimes contradictory evidence sees no serious reason to doubt that Martin Waldsemüller designed it. (Skelton: Introduction ...1513, p. XX.) This map appeared also in: Ptolemy: Geographia, Strassburg, 1520.

From: Ptolemaevs avctvs restitvtvs emacvlatvs cvm tabvlis veteribvs ac novis Geographia [Strasbourg] : Ioannes Scotus, Argentorati literis exc[a]epit, 1520., map no [30]

Physical condition note
On verso adhesive tape along top margin.

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 or editions see: G1005 1520 - fol. Vault (AMICUS No. 26306088) map no [30] ; G 1005 1513 .S5 1966 - fol. (AMICUS 26306082) ; Mikan 4153225 (NMC 10027)

Cartographic math data
Scale indeterminate (N 55°--S 35°)

Citation / reference note
Burden, Entry 3
Seymour I. Schwartz & Ralph E. Ehrenberg, The Mapping of America (New York, 1980), pp. 31-34.
Mickwitz and Miekkavaara, v. 2, Entry 205, map no [29]
Layng, Entry 38.
Sabin, Entry 66478
Phillips, Entry 359, map no [29]
Phillips, Entry 360, map no [30]

Availability of other formats note
The microfiche version is NMC27696 (H3)

Exhibitions note
Up North: The Discovery and Mapping of the Canadian Arctic, 1511-1944 : An Exhibtion held at The Royal Ontario Museum April 1958.

Varying form of title

Subject heading

1. World - Maps - Early works to 1600 .
2. Western hemisphere - Maps - Early works to 1600.
3. Atlantic Ocean - Maps - Early works to 1600.
4. North America - Maps - Early works to 1600.
5. South America - Maps - Early works to 1600.


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