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Place of creation




1 map : outline hand col., 2 hemispheres each 26 cm in diam. on sheet 55 x 61 cm.

Scope and content

The first and only state of a rare hemispheric world map.It is an early world map to show Pennsylvania (founded 1681.) Lea shows the Great Lakes in a very curious form, with a large lake Nipisirtius flowing into a Canada R. (St. Lawrence), and a string of smaller independent lakes extending south almost as far as Virginia. California is an island. The main hemispheres are surrounded by ten celestial insets based on the work of Cassini and Robert Hooke. At upper center is an inset of The Face of the Sun; at lower center The Face of the Moon. According to Shirley, depicting the heavens in this way was an important innovation of English world maps of this period .

Cartographic material
90: Open
Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist. Microfiche version is open
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC27711
90: Open
Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection #53
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.

Biography / Administrative history

Cartographer, globe and instrument maker, publisher and mapseller at 'Atlas & Hercules in the Poultry' (1683-1686) ; Atlas & Hercules in Cheapside (1687-1700); and at his shop in Westminsiter Hall near the Court of Common Pleas, London (1689-1695). Apprenticed to Robert Morden 1675 and later collaborated with other publishers such as John Overton, John Seller, John Ogilby, Robert Morden and Bassett & Chiswell. He was succeeded in the business by his wife Ann. (Source: Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers)

Additional information

Pictorial relief.

Copperplate engraving.

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

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

Citation / reference note
Shirley, Entry 535.
Pritchard & Taliaferro, p. 322-323.

Availability of other formats note
The microfiche version is NMC27711

Exhibitions note
Over the Rockies: The Discovery & Mapping of the Canadian West 1700-1886. An Exhibition held at the The Royal Ontario Museum, March and April, 1956

Subject heading

1. World - Maps - Early works to 1800.


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