Media Information

Collection name:
JCB Map Collection
Accession Number:
File Name:
Call number:
Cabinet A582 ThR
Map title:
Orbis Vniuersalis Descriptio.
Place of Publication:
[Thomas Woodcock]
Publication date:
Map size height:
22.8 cm.
Map size width:
43.6 cm.
Item description:
Geographical description:
Map of the world showing South America and part of North America. Cartographic elements include degrees of latitude and longitude. Decorative elements include ships.
Cartobibliographic notes:
This map is rarely found in Hakluyt's Diuers voyages, and here has been removed from the book and is held separately.
Shirley, R.W. Mapping of the World, 147; John Carter Brown Library, Annual Report, 1929, p. 19-22
Geographic Area:
Historical notes:
Robert Thorne, a merchant resident in Seville, probably copied a world map from Gregor Reisch's map of 1513, and enriched that outline with his own knowledge to reflect (perhaps illicitly known) Spanish manuscript sources. His advice to the English to explore a northwest or northeast passage (avoiding the Spanish and Portuguese dominance around the southern routes), may have led to Willoughby and Chancellor's voyage to Novaya Zemlya in 1553 and Frobisher's voyage of 1576 to 1578 to discover a northern route to the east and its lucrative trade.
Normalized date:
Robert Thorne

Orbis Vniuersalis Descriptio.