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Septentrionalium terrarum descriptio. Per Gerardium Mercatorem cum privilegio [cartographic material]. 


[1595] [1602]

Place of creation


1 map : colour; polar projection; 33.5 cm in diameter, on sheet 40.5 x 48.0 cm.

Scope and content

This is the first printed map of the Northern hemisphere from the Arctic pole to 60 degrees north latitude which was originally published in 1595. The map shows the discoveries of Frobisher (1576-78) and Davis (1585-87).

Cartographic material
Copy negative C101874
90: Open
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC16097
90: Open
Cartographic material
90: Open
90: Open
Other accession no.
Local class no.
10000/[1595](1602) H3

Terms of use

Copyright expired
Credit Library and Archives Canada. e004414662

Additional name(s)

Additional information

Originally published in Atlas sive cosmographicae meditationes de fabrica mundia et fabrica figura.

Map is surrounded by a decorative border with 4 circular insets, one containing the title while the other three depict the following islands: Friflant infula. 6 cm in diam. -- Farre Infule. 6 cm in diam. -- Scetland infula. 6 cm in diam.

Custodial history
Purchased by the Public Archives of Canada in September 1980 from a Ottawa map dealer.

Related materials
For other copies and editions see: Mikan 3819652 (NMC 27814) ; H3/10000/[1623] (NMC 8089)

Citation / reference note
Burden, Entry 88, State 1, 1602 Latin edition
Kershaw, Entry 21C, vol 1, p 29, first state of 2nd Latin edition of 1602

Exhibitions note
Exhibition Title: Treasured Memories 6. Curator: Michal Anne Crawley, National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; 2002.02.18-2002.11.17.
Exhibition title: Magnetic Norths. Curators: Charles Stankievech, Concordia University: Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal, Quebec; 2010.02.24 – 2010.07.17

Subject heading

Arctic regions


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