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Typus Orbis Terrarum [cartographic material] Ad imitationem magnae Universalis Gerardi Mercatoris compendiosa haec Orbis descriptio facta, cuius secybdum tam veturi qua neotericoy supputatione 5400 Miliara Germanica ambitus complectitur



Place of creation



Apud Lambertum Andreae

1 map : ill., b.& w. ; 20 x 30 cm on sheet 28 x 37 cm.

Scope and content

The North American continent is shown overly large and South America is depicted with the incorrect bulge on the western coast. In the north Atlantic are the mythical islands of 'Groclant', 'Thule', 'Frischlant', and 'S. Brandam' around Greenland. Large landmasses are shown at both poles, and there is a distinct Northern Passage to Asia, although it is partially hidden by a cartouche with text acknowledging Gerard Mercator and stating that there are 5400 German miles around the earth. Sea monsters fill the oceans. Title above and a quotation from Cicero at bottom.

Cartographic material
90: Open
Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist. Microfiche version is open
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC10026
90: Open
Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection # 28
Cartographic material
90: Open
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Other accession no.
80101/245 CA
Local class no.

Terms of use

Credit: Library and Archives Canada.

Additional information

Pictorial relief.

Illustrated with decorative cartouche and sea monsters appearing in the oceans.

Following text appears at the bottom the map and is attributed to Cicero: "Quid ei potest videri magnun in rebus humanis, cui aeter nitas omnis totiusque mundi nota sit magnitudo."

Publication information taken from information appearing on the verso,

"Partitio magnitudinis universi orbis iniugera terrae, et significatio, Quanta eorum par colatur habiteturq; nempe 13 miliartia 134. milliones 278 milla iugeru, quae in omnes quaturor orbes partes diuideuntur: Quo fine recensentur omnes Europe, Asia, Africie et Americe, Provincie indicaturq, quot Iugera unaguag, earum prouinciarum um contineat : Deniq ; demonstratur omnes numerous simulsupputatos ad summom 131342780000. Iugerum accedere: Quod seire incundim simul & utile est utuniuseulusque Provniciae potentia, ex Iugerum numero & loci capacitate, fundique fertilitate aestimari prossit. Coloniae, A pud Lambertum Andreae, Anno XCVI

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

Cartographic math data
Scale indeterminate.

Citation / reference note
Shirley, Entry 190.

Availability of other formats note
The microfiche version is NMC10026 (Text)

Edition 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. World - Maps - Early works to 1600 .


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