2nd state of the 2nd plate of the world map produced by Ortelius for his Theatrum Orbis Terrarum world atlas. This version of the map was published in the 1588 Spanish version of the atlas.
Ortelius, Abraham, 1527-1598
W 180°00ʹ00ʺ--E 180°00ʹ00ʺ/N 90°00ʹ00ʺ--S 90°00ʹ00ʺ
Relief shown pictorially.
Cicero quote in lower cartouche: "Quid ei potest videri magnum in rebus humanis, cui aeter nitas omnis totiusque mundi nota sit magnitudo. Cicero." Who can consider human affairs to be great, when he comprehends the eternity and vastness of the entire world?.
Includes several sea monsters, a sailing ship and other decorative embellishments.
Shows conjectural Northwest and Northeast Passages, and a conjectural Antarctic landmass labeled "Terra Australis Nondum Cognita." South America is potato-shaped. The northwestern coast of North America is elongated, with regions labeled Anian and Quivira.
Text on Antarctic landmass: "Hanc continentem Australem, nonnulli Magellanicam regionem ab eius inuentore nuncupant." This southern continent is by some called the Magellan region after its discoverer.
Text in lower left: "Noua Guinea, nuper inuenta quę an sit insula an pars continentis Australis incertum est." New Guinea, recently discovered. Whether this is an island or part of the southern continent is uncertain.
Map was detached from a 1588 Spanish atlas, of which approximately 300 copies were printed: Theatro de la tierra universal de Abraham Ortelio, cosmographo del rey nuestro señor con sus declaraciones traduzidas d'el Latin. Impresso en Anveres por Christoval Plantino, prototypographo del rey nuestro señor en sus estados Baxos, año M. D. LXXXIII.
Descriptive text in Spanish on verso titled: El orbe de la tierra.
Broecke: plate "Ort2," second state. Issued as plate 1 of atlas edition "1588 Spanish.".
Shirley: Plate 2, state 2.