c 1598 Mercator/Rosaccio World Map "Orbis Terrae Compendiosa..."


“ORBIS TERRAE COMPENDIOSA DESCRIPTIO” . Rumold Mercator.  Venice: published by Giuseppe Rosaccio, 1598 first edition (not the more common later 1713 version with additional T.2.pag.284” above the Eastern Hemisphere). Original copper-plate engraving. Reference:  Shirley #217. (Paper:  244 x 330mm – 9 ½ x 13’’    Image: 195 x 258mm – 7 5/8 x 10 1/8’’) 

This map is based on Rumold Mercator's map of 1587 with parallel latitudinals added. The projection of North America is similar to the Zaltieri/Lafreri maps of North America, with an exaggerated projection of NW Coast of America.  Although California is depicted as a peninsula, there are no Great Lakes.

The Northwest Passage is clearly shown and a very large Terra Australis extends along the bottom.  Florida barely extends from the continent. 

This map predates the explorations of Le Maire & Schouten, which rounded Cape Horn proving open water south of Tierra del Fuego and the Straits of Magellan.

A fine 16th century double hemispheric map in excellent condition, with rich dark impression.

Presented in an archival 13 x 16'' mat

  • Inventory# M-14369