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Americae sive novi orbis, nova descriptio. [cartographic material] 


ca. 1575]

Place of creation




1 map : ill., hand col. ; 36 x 50 cm on sheet 43 x 54 cm.

Scope and content

Ortelius map of America is without doubt one of the most recognized and influential maps of America from the 16th Century. The map first appeared in the 1570 edition of Ortelius' Theatrum Orbis Terrarum. This is a copy of the 3rd state, dated approximately 1575, which is indicated by the disappearance of the longitude number 230 at the top of the map. This happened when the original cracked plate was repaired.

Cartographic material
90: Open
Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist. Microfiche version is open
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC27721
90: Open
Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection #95
Cartographic material
90: Open
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Other accession no.
80101/245 CA
Local class no.
H3/1-2000/[1575?] Plate I, State 3

Terms of use

Copyright: Expired
Credit Library and Archives Canada.

Additional information

This plate was reworked about 1575. Island to east of Newfoundland was "ya de area" on earlier states; now "ya de arca." Also earlier states had no stippling around place names - this reworked version has stippling throughout in water areas.

Pictorial relief.

Copperplate engraving.

Illustrated with sailing ships, sea monsters and decorative title cartouche in bottom left corner.

On verso Latin text titled "Novvs Orbis" with page number 2 in lower left margin. Second line of text begins with "Nouus Orbis".

From: Ortelius' "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum".

Physical condition note
Adhesive tape along center fold line at bottom of map.

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 editions see: G1006 .T5 1570 .S5 1964 - fol. (AMICUS No. 26306098) ; Mikan 4236061 (NMC 6859) ; Mikan 4143460 (NMC 27720) ; G1006 .T5 1584 - fol. Vault (AMICUS No. 26306177)

Cartographic math data
Scale indeterminate.

Citation / reference note
Burden, Entry 39, State 3
Tooley, R.V. "The Mapping of America", p. 320

Availability of other formats note
The microfiche version is NMC27721 (Text)

Edition note
Latin edition.

Subject heading

1. North America - Maps - Early works to 1600.
2. South America - Maps - Early works to 1600.
3. Western hemisphere - Maps - Early works to 1600.


Other system control no.