Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio Ex peritissimorum totius orbis Gaegraphorum operibus desumta. Antverpiae, apud Joanem Baptistam Vrient.

Collection: Osher Sheet Map Collection

Title: Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio Ex peritissimorum totius orbis Gaegraphorum operibus desumta. Antverpiae, apud Joanem Baptistam Vrient.

Title Translation: The Whole World described from expertly compiled sources. Antwept, at the workshop of Joan Baptiste Vrient

Barcode: 336

Creator: Plancius, Petrus, Vrients, Jan Baptista

Printmaker: Langren, Henricus F. ab (Henricus Florentius), Langren, Arnold Florent van

Publisher: Vrients, Jan Baptista

Publishing Location: Antwerp

Region Depicted: World

Date Produced: 1596

Date Published: 1596

Language: Latin

Historical Context: This beautifully engraved map appeared in an early Dutch book on navigation to the East and West Indies, and its imagery is a complex mixture of allegory and natural history. It is one of the first printed maps of the world to include allegorical vignettes around both hemispheres. The border decorations consist largely of personifications of the continents, set against landscapes depicting their respective terrains, fauna, flora, and scattered inhabitants. The geography of the map shows updated details based on recent English voyages and the description of Japan by Portuguese cartographer Luiz Teixeira. The map also turns Willem Barentsz's Novaya Zemlya into an island with an open sea representing the North-West Passage between it and the Arctic.

Subjects: Plancius, Petrus, 1552-1622 · Vrients, Jan Baptista, 1552-1612 · Langren, Henricus F. ab (Henricus Florentius), approximately 1574-1648 · Langren, Arnold Florent van, 1580-1644 · World maps · Maps--Early works to 1800

Map Type: Geographical, Political

Dimensions: 1 map: 2 hemispheres each 28 cm. in diameter; 41 x 60 cm.

Printing Process: Engraving

Printing Technique: Copper

Material Type: Paper

Notes: Note: ""Arnoldus, & Henricus Florentij a? Langren fratres sculpserent." This is a close copy of Petrus Plancius's 1594 map also engraved by the van Langren brothers.

Brief Description: Decorative World map featuring representations of four continents by symbolic female figures each sitting on an exotic animal, in the margins. Includes two inset celestial maps

Physical Description: 1 map: illustrated

Insets: Northern Sky , Southern Sky

Theme: Foundations of Modern Cartography: Ptolemaic, Italian, Cosmographical

Associated Map Imagery: Evropa, 1596, Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio Ex peritissimorum totius orbis Gaegraphorum operibus desumta. Antverpiae, apud Joanem Baptistam Vrient. , Asia, 1596, Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio Ex peritissimorum totius orbis Gaegraphorum operibus desumta. Antverpiae, apud Joanem Baptistam Vrient. , America, 1596, Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio Ex peritissimorum totius orbis Gaegraphorum operibus desumta. Antverpiae, apud Joanem Baptistam Vrient. , Africa, 1596, Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio Ex peritissimorum totius orbis Gaegraphorum operibus desumta. Antverpiae, apud Joanem Baptistam Vrient. , Sea Monster 1, 1596, Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio Ex peritissimorum totius orbis Gaegraphorum operibus desumta. Antverpiae, apud Joanem Baptistam Vrient. , Sea Monster 2, 1596, Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio Ex peritissimorum totius orbis Gaegraphorum operibus desumta. Antverpiae, apud Joanem Baptistam Vrient. , Sea Monster 3, 1596, Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio Ex peritissimorum totius orbis Gaegraphorum operibus desumta. Antverpiae, apud Joanem Baptistam Vrient. , Sea Monster and Ship, 1596, Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio Ex peritissimorum totius orbis Gaegraphorum operibus desumta. Antverpiae, apud Joanem Baptistam Vrient. , Ship 1, 1596, Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio Ex peritissimorum totius orbis Gaegraphorum operibus desumta. Antverpiae, apud Joanem Baptistam Vrient. , Ship 2, 1596, Orbis Terrae Compendiosa Descriptio Ex peritissimorum totius orbis Gaegraphorum operibus desumta. Antverpiae, apud Joanem Baptistam Vrient.

Collection/Donor: Osher

Permanent URL: http://www.oshermaps.org/map/336.0001