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Americae Retectio [cartographic material] 



Place of creation



Ludovico et Aloyzio Almanjis fratrib. nobil.

1 map : ill., b. & w. ; 22 x 29 cm.

Scope and content

The map shows the Italian coastline from Livorno to Savona. The main image shows Neptune, supporting a Globe, flanked by Flora-representing Florence, and Janus-representing Genoa. The coat of arms of each city is depicted just beyond each of these figures. Flora is shown holding back a draped curtain, thus revealing the western hemisphere which was previously hidden behind behind this cloak of obscurity. Medallion portraits of Vespucci and Columbus appear above this scene, and Magellan is alluded to by the indication of Magellanica on the globe. The globe shows the world on an inverse projection, with America on the right. The entirety of South America, the Caribbean, Central America and the Eastern Part of North America can be seen, extending to the southern tip of Greenland

Cartographic material
90: Open
Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist. Microfiche version is open.
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC27672
90: Open
Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection # 27
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.
Copyright expired.

Additional information

Pictorial relief.

Copperplate engraving.

"aa" appears in upper left corner of map.

The following quote appears along the bottom of the map: "Qvis potis est dignvm pollenti pectore carmen condere pro maiestate, hisqve repertis?"

The following names appear in the left hand bottom of the map: Joannes Stradan., inven. ; Adrianus Collaret, sculp ; Ioan Galle, excudit.

The following names appear in the right hand bottom of the map: Ivdovico et Aloyzio ; Almanys fratrib. nobil. Flor. ; Joannes Strad. Inven D.D.

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

Citation / reference note
The Map Collector, v. 2, p. 22-24.
Richard B. Arkway, Inc. Fine Antique Maps, Atlases, Gloes and Voyage Books, Catalogue 59

Availability of other formats note
The microfiche version is NMC27672

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.
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.
2. Columbus, Christopher, ca. 1451-1506 - America - Discovery and Exploration.
3. Vespucci, Amerigo, 1451-1512- America - Discovery and Exploration.


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