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Nova totius terrarum orbis. Geographica ac hydrographica tabula. [cartographic material] /  



Place of creation




1 map : ill., hand col. outline, 2 hemispheres each 27 cm in diam on sheet 47 x 56 cm.

Scope and content

First state of Hondius decorative world map, first issued in the 1630 edition of the Mercator-Hondius Atlas, in response to competition from Willem Blaeu. Strikingly ornate double hemisphere world map. For geographical detail Hondius has followed Speed and his contemporaries and also depicts California as an island. New features include part of the north Australia coastline extending towards New Guinea and a redrawing of north-east Canada with `Queen Anne's forland' (Baffin Island) shown completely encircled by open water. Three strapwork cartouches appear on the map along with scenes representing the four elements are above and below each hemisphere; in the upper cusp is a celestial globe; and in the lower cusp are allegorical figures representing Asia, America and Africa making obeisance to Europe. In the top corners are portraits of Julius Caesar and Claudius Ptolemy and in the bottom corners are portraits of the author's father Jodocus Hondius and his mentor Gerard Mercator.

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Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC27676
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Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection #36
Cartographic material
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Archival reference no.
Other accession no.
80101/245 CA
Local class no.

Terms of use

Copyright: Expired
Credit: Library and Archives Canada.

Additional name(s)

Additional information

Pictorial relief.

Copperplate engraving.

Map includes a cartouche with a dedication to David Sanclaro, Antonio de Wilon and D. Martino Matheseos, professors in the Paris Academy.

On verso: 2 pages of French text. Right hand side titled: Description de l'univers. "1" appears in upper right corner.

Map first appeared in theGerman and French editions of the atlas of Mercator and Hondius published in 1633 in Amsterdam.

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

Related materials
For other states or editions see: Mikan 4153305 (NMC 27678)

Cartographic math data
Scale indeterminate.

Citation / reference note
Shirley, Entry 336
Wagner, v. II, Entry 308.
Koeman, v. 2, Entry ME 35.
Phillips, Entry 444 no. 1

Availability of other formats note
The microfiche version is NMC27676 (Text)

Exhibitions note
"The Discovery & Mapping of the Great Lakes 'Sweet-Water' 1522-1703" An Exhbition held at The Royal Ontario Museum March, 1954.
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

1. World - Maps - Early works to 1800.


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