“UNIVERSI ORBIS DESCRIPTIO” Abraham Ortelius. Venice: Giovanni Magini, c. 1596. Verso: Latin (first edition). Original copper-plate engraving. (Ref: Shirley #195). (Paper: 164 x 227mm – 6 3/8 x 8 7/8 Image: 130 x 180 – 5 1/8 x 6 ¾’’)
This fine engraved 16th century map is based on the oval projection popularized by Ortelius. Engraved in this small format by Girolamo Porro, with six windheads arranged around the outside border. From the 1596 edition edited by the distinguished Italian geographer Giovanni Magini.
Of particular interest is the famous great bulge at the southwestern coast of South America, the great south polar continent (the vast “Terra Australis Nondum Cognita” which circles the southern world), and the northern ocean passages (a Northwest Passage is indicated across the American Arctic).
Presented in an archival 11 x 14'' mat