Collection: Osher Collection
Name: Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio Ex peritissimorum totius orbis Gaegraphorum operibus desumta. Antverpiae, apud Joanem Baptistam Vrient.
Notes: Note: ""Arnoldus, & Henricus Florentij a? Langren fratres sculpserent." This is a close copy of Petrus Plancius's 1594 map also engraved by the van Langren brothers.
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Dimensions: 1 map: 2 hemispheres each 28 cm. in diameter; 41 x 60 cm.
Historical Context: This beautifully engraved map appeared in an early Dutch book on navigation to the East and West Indies, and its imagery is a complex mixture of allegory and natural history. It is one of the first printed maps of the world to include allegorical vignettes around both hemispheres. The border decorations consist largely of personifications of the continents, set against landscapes depicting their respective terrains, fauna, flora, and scattered inhabitants. The geography of the map shows updated details based on recent English voyages and the description of Japan by Portuguese cartographer Luiz Teixeira. The map also turns Willem Barentsz's Novaya Zemlya into an island with an open sea representing the North-West Passage between it and the Arctic.
LC Call Number: G3200 1596 .V7
Accession Number: OS-1596-3