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Place of creation




1 map : ill., hand col. ; 28 x 35 cm on sheet 31 x 36 cm.

Scope and content

This map of the Western Hemisphere is based on the Jodocus Hondius of 1618, but unlike most derivatives of that map, Merian has altered the perspective on the inset map of Greenland at the top. North America is depicted with a prominent Virginia and an odd New England coastline. The western coastline above California makes the continent entirely too wide. There is only a hint of the Great Lakes. There is a large inland lake in equatorial 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 NMC27724
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Item no. (creator)
Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection #103
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.

Biography / Administrative history

Born in Basle, Switzerland. Worked as a draughtsman, topographical engraver and publisher in Basle, Zurich, Strsbourg and Frankfurt am Main. Best known for his plans nad town views. Married the daughter of Theodore de Bry and completed the later parts and editions of De Bry,s Grans and Pettits Voyages, Theatrum European, 1629 with editions to 1718. Source: Tooley's Dictionary of Mapmakers, rev. ed. vol. K-P

Additional information

Relief shown pictorially.

Copperplate engraving.

"M. Merian fecit" appears in lower right corner of map.

Includes inset map of Greenland. 5 x 6 cm.

Illustrated with strapwork title cartouche, a sea monster and Spanish galleons.

From: Avity, Pierre d', sieur de Montmartin, 1573-1635 . Newe Archontologia cosmica,1646, map no. [30]

Physical condition note
On verso: strips of adhesive tape along top margin.

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

Citation / reference note
Burden, Entry 251.
Tooley, p. 299.
Phillips, Entry 58, map no [30]
Phillips, Entry 456, map no [9]
Wagner, v. 2, Entry 329.
A. E. Nordenskold Collection, v. 1, Entry 82, map no [70]

Availability of other formats note
The microfiche version is NMC 27724

Subject heading

1. North America - Maps - Early works to 1800.
2. South America - Maps - Early works to 1800.
3. Western hemisphere - Maps - Early works to 1800.


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