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A new and accurat map of the world drawn according to ye truest descriptions latest discoveries & best observations yt have beene made by English or strangers [cartographic material] 



Place of creation




1 map : ill., hand col. ; 2 hemispheres each 25 cm in diam., on sheet 41 x 54 cm.

Scope and content

The double hemispheres are surrounded by a multitude of figures and spheres: in the four corners are an astronomical table, an armillary sphere, and eclipses of the sun and moon. Celestial charts for the northern and southern skies sit above and below the hemispheres; the Four Elements, Water, Earth, Fire and Air, are pictured allegorically, and there are portraits of four of the great discoverers: Sir Francis Drake, Mr. Thomas Candish, Ferdinandus Magellan and Oliverus Vander Noort.

Cartographic material
90: Open
Original can be viewed in the presence o
f an early cartographic archivist. Microfiche version is open
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC7189
90: Open
Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection #35
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 name(s)

Additional information

Pictorial relief.

Copperplate engraving.

Both hemispeheres contain historical information with respect to early exploration.

This version of the map contains no text on the verso.

This is a copy of a John speed map of 1626[1627] by Robert Walton. Apparently ours is the 3rd state described in shirley 397, i.e. the version appearing in the 3rd ed. (1659) of Petau work.

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

Related materials
For other states and or editions see: G1015 .S73 1627 .S5 1966 - fol. (AMICUS No. 26306012) ; G120 S7 1662 xfol. (AMICUS No. 13383954)

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

Citation / reference note
Shirley, Entry 397
Richard B. Arkway, Inc. Cohen & Taliferro L.L.C. Catalogue 65 (

Availability of other formats note
The microfiche version is NMC7189

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.

Subject heading

1. World - Maps - Early works to 1800.


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