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Typus orbis terrarum. Quid ei potest videri magnum in bebus humanis, cui aeteritas omnis, 1587

Identifier: MC 16
Typus orbis terrarum
Typus orbis terrarum

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

This cartographic collection was the gift of the estate of the late Midland oilman, George T. Abell. Mr Abell was interested travel, geography, the geology of the petroleum industry, and the history of the Southwest and the maps reflect these as well as other subjects. The collection contains over a hundred maps which range in date from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. Notably, the collection also contains a 1573 copy of Abraham Ortelius's Theatrvm orbis terrarvm, considered by some as the first modern atlas of the world. The collection includes maps of the world, the British Isles, Pacific Ocean, North and South America, The Western Hemisphere, and the United States.


  • Creation: 1587



From the Collection: 115 Sheets

Language of Materials


Physical Location

drawer one

Materials Specific Details

South America has lost some of its westward bulge. At top: "Terra septemtrionalis incognita"; bottom: "Terra Australis nondum cognita." Four corners: circles containing quotations from Cicero (top) and Seneca (lower). Continents colored, with darkened borders. Seas stippled, decorated with monsters, fish, ship. Lots of islands.


35.8 x 49.1 cm

Cultural context

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library Repository

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