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The Kraus Map Collection


Kraus 17, Americae sive Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio (1587)

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Title   Americae sive Novi Orbis, Nova Descriptio
Alternate Title   America or the New World, New Description
Cartographer   Ortelius, Abraham (1527 - 1598)
Subject   America--Maps--Early works to 1800
Publisher   N.p.
Repository   Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Place of publication
     or creation
Date(s)   1587
Format   Printed map
Kraus catalog no.   17
Dimensions in mm.   350 x 480 mm.
Rights   No known U.S. copyright restrictions. Please cite the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, as the image source.


Engraved map. Closely cut (slight shaving of lower engraved border), remargined and matted. From the Duke of Gotha Collection. Folio.

Fine, dark proof impression, without text on the verso. This is Ortelius' revised and newly engraved map of America which he substituted in 1587 for his 1570 map with the same title.

There are important corrections made in the western coastline of South America; no changes occur in the northwestern coast, however, some new information was added, and the name "California" occurs here for the first time for the peninsula of California. Other errors still persist, such as the arbitrary placement of the Solomon Islands, and the attachment of New Guinea and Terra del Fuego to the large Antarctic continent.

Wagner, Cartog. of the Northwest Coast of America, I, p. 71 and II, no. 147

See also Phillips I, 302, no. 5; Wroth, Early Cartog. of the Pacific, no. 58.