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Map of America 1570

Abraham Ortelius, 1527-98

Americae sive novi Orbis, nova Descriptio

Antwerp, Gielis van Diest, 1570

U of M Graduate Library Rare Book Room


One of the most important maps of the Americas is not that bad a map and could be used today in a general way.


This map is from the first edition of the Theatrum orbis terrarum. Compared to its third revision of 1597, printed in the 1601 atlas below, it is evident that Ortelius worked to imporve his maps.


The University owns five editions of the Theatrum, including the 1570 (in the Clements Library), several supplemental map compilations called the Additamentum, and atlas of classical geography called the Parergon, and two works on ancient and modern place names. There are many maps from other editions in the collections. Other printers and mapmakers derived Atlases in reduced formats from the Theatrum, and the University has several of these in its collections.

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Taken on June 24, 2010