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Orbis terrae compendiosa descriptio [cartographic material] / 



Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined



1 map : ill., hand col., 2 hemispheres each 25 cm in diam., 46 x 55 cm.

Scope and content

Beautiful double hemisphere map surrounded in an elaborate strapwork border. An armillary sphere and an elaborate compass rose are tucked between the hemispheres. Rumold based the map on his father's great world map of 1569. The North Pole is depicted as a landmass surrounding a sea from which four rivers radiate and there is a well depicted Northwest Passage. In the Antarctic is the imaginary southern continent and there is a bulge in the southwest coast of South America.

Cartographic material
90: Open
Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist. Microfiche version is open
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC8138
90: Open
Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection #22
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 name(s)

Additional information

Pictorial relief.

Copperplate engraving.

Contains historic notes on early exploration.

Map is illustrated with sailing ships and sea monsters

On verso: text appearing in Latin. On left page numbered 29, titled "De Mvndo" - On right page numbered 30, title" Orbis Trrae Typus" with signature G XI

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

Related materials
For other copies and or atates see: G1007/1595/Vault (AMICUS No. 26304775) ; Mikan 4143492

Cartographic math data
Scale: indeterminate (w 180°--E 180°/N 90°--S 90°)

Citation / reference note
Shirley, Entry 157
Wagner, vol. 2, Entry 146
Layng, Entry 643
Karpinski, p. 82.

Availability of other formats note
The microfiche version is NMC8138

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.
Discovery and Mapping of Upper Canada: An exhibition held at the Canadiana Department, Royal Ontario Museum, May - December 1967
Canada on Maps 1564-1616: Stratford Festival Exhibition 1966.

Subject heading

1. World - Maps - Early works to 1600 .


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