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Typus orbus terrarum. At bottom, "Franciscus Hogenberg sculpsit", 1571

Identifier: MC 89
Typus orbus terrarum
Typus orbus 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: 1571



From the Collection: 115 Sheets

Language of Materials


Physical Location

Bolt Street. Framed?

Materials Specific Details

Elliptical projection. South America (esp. Chile) has a large bulge to the west. Australia -- "nondum cognita" -- encircles the globe below all known areas. Corners have fluffy clouds; carouche at bottom has a quotation from Cicero. Continents are differenct colors, oceans are pale blue and have a few sea monsters.


33 x 48.7 cm

Cultural context

Repository Details

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

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