Orbis Terrarum Descriptio Duobis Planis Hemisphaeriis Comprehesa

Object Number: AF-MD-K014
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Netherlands, North Holland, Amsterdam
Date Made
A 1632 edition of a world map engraved by Nicolaes Geylekerck, first published in 1617 by Jan Jansson. The map depicts the spherical earth into two flattened circles: the new world consisting of the Americas on the left and the old world consisting of Africa, Europe, and Asia on the right. Australia is partially depicted in the both circles. The margin around the two circle maps is filled, in horror vacui fashion, with Biblical (Adam & Eve, the Last Judgment), allegorical (the four seasons), and genre scenes. The map is notable in that the 1616 discovery of Willem Corneliszoon Schouten and Jacques Le Maire, Statenland (the east coast of Le Maire Strait, at the southernmost tip of Argentina), has been drawn a large land mass that connects to Antarctica rather than an island. Admiral Henrick Brouwer would make that discovery in 1643. The inclusion of this recent discovery by Le Maire and Schouten underscores the importance of the region's discovery as a second passage to the Pacific Ocean.
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Allan Forbes Collection

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16 in x 21 in
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"Orbis Terrarum Descriptio Duobis Planis Hemisphaeriis Comprehesa", Engraving, 1632. MIT Museum, Cambridge MA. https://collections.mitmuseum.org/object/af-md-k014/
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