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Place of creation




1 map : ill., hand col. ; 25 x 50 cm on sheet 40 x 53 cm.

Scope and content

The map copies much of its detail from Gerard Mercator's great map of 1569 and provides a clear picture of current geographical knowledge. Features include a vast "Terra Australis", the potato-shaped outline for South America, a relatively accurate North America and an almost circular Japan.

Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC27661
90: Open
Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection Item # 13
Cartographic material
90: Open
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Other accession no.
80101/245 CA
Local class no.
H3/10000/[1570] Plate I State 2 (Copy 2)

Terms of use

Copyright: Expired
Credit Library and Archives Canada.

Additional name(s)

Biography / Administrative history

Cartographer, cosmographer and publisher, born and died in Antwerp. Set up as map colourist in 1547; travelled through Italy and France with Gerald Mercator. He was appointed Royal Geographer to King Philip II of Spain in 1575. Ortelius is best known for his monumental work Theatrum orbis Terrarum, the first uniformly sized and systematically collected set of maps by different mapmakers which is acknowledged as the first atlas.

Additional information

Illustrated with ships and sea monsters.Outer frame of map surrounded by clouds.

From: Abraham Ortelius's Theatrvm Orbis Terrarvm, 1570, plate 1

Pictorial relief.

Bottom of the map carries the following quote by Cicero " Qvid ei potest videri magnum in rebus humanis, cvi aeternitas omis, totiusque mundi nota sit magnitudo".

Copper plate engraving.

On verso text titled "Orbis terrarum (I)

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 of this map see: H3/10000/[1570] Plate I State 1 (NMC 8125) ; A/10000/[1570](1584) Plate I State 2 (Copy 1) (NMC 104403) ; G1006 .T5 1570 .S5 1964 - fol. (AMICUS No. 26306098) ; G1006 .T5 1584 - fol. Vault (AMICUS No. 26306177)

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

Citation / reference note
Shirley, Rodney, Entry 122
Koeman, C. Atlantes Neerlandici, v. 3, Entry Ort1, Map 1
Phillips, Philip Lee, Volume 1, Entry 374, Map 1

Availability of other formats note
The microfiche version is NMC27661

Exhibitions note
Discovery and Mapping of Upper Canada: An exhibition held at the Canadiana Department, Royal Ontario Museum, May - December 1967
Canada on Maps 1564-1616: Stratford Festival Exhibition 1966.

Subject heading

1. World - Maps - Early works to 1600 .


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