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Orbis Terrarum Nova et Accuratissima Tabula. [cartographic material] / Auctore Joanne à Loon.



Place of creation



Moses Pitt

1 map : ill., hand col. outline ; 2 hemispheres each 26 cm in diam on sheet 57 x 66 cm.

Scope and content

This double hemisphere map includes California depicted as an Island, a partial coastline for Australia and New Zealand, no land bridge to Asia from North America, small straits of Anian, and no Great Lakes. The map is surrounded by hand coloured allegorical scenes of Zeus, Poseidon, Persephone and Demeter.The map also includes the dedication to Charles the Second and hearldic inclusions at the lower center of the map.

Cartographic material
90: Open
Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist. Microfiche version is open.
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC27709
90: Open
Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection #48
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)

Additional information

Copperplate engraving.

"1" appears in bottom right corner.

This map is a copy of the second state based on the appearance of the Royal coat of Arms and the dedication to Charles II."Serenissimo Potentissimoque Domino, Domino Carolo Secundo, Magnae Britannia, Franciae et Hiberniae Regi, Defensori Fidei, Hanc tabulum totius Orbis. D. D. D."

Map first appeared in Van Loon's " Klaer Lichtende Noort-Ster ofte Zee Atlas" in 1661. This state of the map was used in Moses Pitt's volume 1 of his "English Atlas " in 1680.

Physical condition note
On verso: adhesive tape long upper right and left corner of map.

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

Cartographic math data
Scale [ca. 1:80,000,000] (W 180°--E 180°/N 90°--S 90°)

Citation / reference note
Shirley, Entry 439.
Phillips, Entry 470, map no 1.
Phillips, Entry 476, no.1
Phillips, Entry 3433, no.1
Wagner, Entry 388.
Koeman, vol. 4, Entry LOON 5, map no 1

Availability of other formats note
The microfiche version is NMC27709

Exhibitions note
National Map Collection 1984 Antique Map Calendar
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.