Skip to main content

Nova orbis tabula in lucem edita, A.F. de Wit, 1680?

Identifier: MC 68

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: 1680?



From the Collection: 115 Sheets

Language of Materials


Physical Location

drawer five

Materials Specific Details

two large hemispheres with major continents, sunpath marked between the tropics of cancer and capricorn; two small hemispheres, center top and bottom, for polar areas. Continents outlined in color. Central inter-sphere areas blank. Deep color pictures in corners: Spring, harvest, Bacchanalian orgy, winter fires for cooking. Northwest North America "unfinished."


46.5 x 55.3 cm

Cultural context

Repository Details

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

TCU Box 298400
2800 S. University Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76129-0001
Fort Worth Texas 76129
(817) 257-4566
(817) 257-7282 (Fax)