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Universi orbis descriptio [cartographic material] 



Place of creation




1 map : hand col. ; 14 x 18 cm on sheet 16 x 20 cm.

Scope and content

This map used the oval projection popularized by Abraham Ortelius, and follows that model very closely. Most notable are the large landmasses of Terra Incognita and Terra Australis at both poles. Six wind-heads are arranged above and below the map. Second state with Latin text on verso.

Cartographic material
90: Open
Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist. Microfiche version is open
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC27675
90: Open
Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection #33
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

Born Padua, Italy. Studied medicine, mathematics, astronomy and philosophy at the University of Bologna where he later became professor of astronomy. He was in contact with many well known figures of his day Ortelius, Tycho Brahe, Galileo and Johannes Kelper. He authored many works on astronomy. His most famous work was the first printed atlas of Italy, published posthumously by his son Fabio. The maps from this atlas were later used by Bleau and Ortelius. (Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, rev. ed. K-P.)

Additional information

Pictorial relief.

Land located above North America carries the abbreivate words "Terra Icognita" instead of "Terra Incognita". Along the bottom of the map "Circulus Anterticus" is mis-spelled compared to "Cirulus Antarticus from earlier editions.

On verso: text with the following title: Novae geographica tabulae. Hoc est, quae secundum recentiorem huius saeculi forman tum univers orbis faciem, tum singulas e ius partes, prouincias, regiones imperia, acalia dominia exhibent.

Physical condition note
On verso brown tape along right margin.

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

Related materials
For other copy and or edition see: G1005 1617 - fol. Vault (AMICUS No. 26306204)

Cartographic math note
Scale indeterminate.

Citation / reference note
Shirley, Entry 193
Shirley, Entry 195
Shirley, Entry 201
Shirley, Entry 203

Availability of other formats note
The microfiche version is NMC27675 (Text)

Exhibitions note
This map was part of an exhibition held at The Royal Ontario Museum, April 1958 entitled "Up North: The Discovery and Mapping of the Canadian Arctic, 1511-1944" showcasing MacDonald's Collection.

Subject heading

World - Maps - Early works to 1800.


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