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Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula ex officina Justi Danckerts, Amstelodami. [cartographic material]. 



Place of creation



Justi Danckerts

1 map : ill., hand col., 2 hemispheres each 25 cm in diam., on sheet 52 x 61 cm.

Scope and content

This map is based on Frederik de Wit's 1668 map "Nova totius terrarum orbis tabula ex officina". The geographical details include California as an Island, incomplete coastlines for Australia and New Zealand and no trace of the Antarctic. There is no coastline north of California, nor is the land bridge to Asia present. The Great Lakes are shown with open ends to the west.

Cartographic material
90: Open
Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist. Microfiche version is open
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC21085
90: Open
Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection #54
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 information

Relief shown by hachures.

The two main hemispheres are engraved and the surrounding illustrations etched. In the corners are large and lively scenes allegorically representing the four elements. Fire is shown by war and destruction, air by a scene of the heavens, earth by harvesting and husbandry, and water by a maritime scene including Neptune, mermen, and a spouting whale.

Between the two main spheres are single figures and above and below these figures are two polar spheres.

Title found in small cartouche on eastern hemisphere.

State one based on information appearing in Shirley entry.

From: Danckerts's Atlases

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

Citation / reference note
Shirley, Entry 495
Koeman, v. 3, p. 91, Entry Dan1, map no. 1
Phillips, Entries 540, 541, 3470

Availability of other formats note
The microfiche version is NMC21085.

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.
National Map Collection 1983 Antique Map Calendar
Treasures of the National Map Collection, Public Archives of Canada : An exhibition of 100 original maps, atlases, globes and architectural plans, 1490-1982, held at the Public Archives of Canada 17 August 1982 to 9 January 1983

Subject heading

World - Maps - Early works to 1800.


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