Orbis terrae compendiosa descriptio. Quam ex Magna Universali Gerardi Mercatoris Domino Richardo Gartho, Geographie ac ceterarum . . . Rumoldus Mercator fieri curabat, 1587
Identifier: MC 71
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.
- Mercator, Rumold (Person)
From the Collection: 115 Sheets
Materials Specific Details
Two hemispheres surrounded by green and shaded gold borders. Astrolabe and compass rose at center top and bottom. Chile has bulbous shape, as in the Ortelius maps. "Terra Australis" is a vast unknown. "Nova Guinea" quite large, just south of the Equator. French text on back, Latin on the face.
28.8 x 52.3 cm