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Novissima totius tarrarum orbis [tabula] [cartographic material] /  



Place of creation




1 map : ill., hand col. outline, 1 hemisphere, 26 cm in diam. on sheet 46 x 28 cm.

Scope and content

Left hand side of map only, depicting Western hemisphere. The hemisphere is surrounded by elaborate depictions of gods and goodesses of Greek mythology in the heavens along the top, while the bottom depicts groups of allegoricall figures and animals representing the continents.

Cartographic material
90: Open
Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist. Microfiche version is open.
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC27681
90: Open
Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection #46
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

Engraver, publisher, globemaker and art dealer of Amsterdam. Ram issued atlases with maps by various geographers as well as producing some maps himself including a world map. In 1689 he acquired the Blaeu publishing company. In 1683 he published his famous map Novissima totius terrarum orbis which found its way into several copies of Johannes van Keulen's Zee-Atlas.

Additional information

Fragment; western hemisphere only.

Pictorial relief.

This map was published in atlas by both Ram and Johannes van Keulen. It appeared in Ram's "Atlas", ca. 1690 and in Keulen's "De Groote Nieuwe Vermeerderde Zee Atlas ofte Water-Werelt", 1683.

Physical condition note
On verso of map the following conservation information appears: "Cons lab # 1991-56"

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

Cartographic math note
Scale indeterminate.

Citation / reference note
Shirley, Entry 519.
Koeman, vol. 3, Entry Ram 1, p. 98
Koeman, vol. 4, Entry Keu 8, map no. (2), p.286.

Availability of other formats note
The microfiche version is NMC27681

Exhibitions note
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. Western hemisphere - Maps - Early works to 1800.
2. North America - Maps - Early works to 1800.
3. South America - Maps - Early works to 1800.


Other system control no.