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Place of creation
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.
Conditions of access
Credit Library and Archives Canada.
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.
From: Abraham Ortelius's Theatrvm Orbis Terrarvm, 1570, plate 1
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)
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Citation / reference note
Koeman, C. Atlantes Neerlandici, v. 3, Entry Ort1, Map 1
Phillips, Philip Lee, Volume 1, Entry 374, Map 1
Availability of other formats note
Canada on Maps 1564-1616: Stratford Festival Exhibition 1966.
Varying form of title
World - Maps - Early works to 1600 .
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