Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia

Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia showcases maps from the world’s greatest collections – many of which have never been seen in Australia. These are the maps that shaped our world – taking us on a journey from ancient and medieval notions of a Great South Land to Flinders’ 1814 chart of Australia. Centrepiece of the exhibition will be the  circa 1450 Fra Mauro, one of the most famous world maps of all time. It has never left its home at the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Venice – until now.

Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia will be shown only at the National Library of Australia, Canberra for a limited season.

Mapping Our World: Terra Incognita to Australia
7 November 2013 – 10 March 2014
10 am – 5 pm daily.
Free exhibition. Bookings essential.
Inquiries: 02 6262 1111

NOTE:
All Images are in high resolution JPEG format approximately A4 @ 300dpi.

Fra Mauro (c.1390–1459)  
Map of the world  1448-1453
Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, Venice

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The loan of the Fra Mauro Map of the World has been generously supported by Kerry Stokes AC, Noel Dan AM and Adrienne Dan, Nigel Peck AM and Patricia Peck, Douglas and Belinda Snedden and the Embassy of Italy in Canberra.

Claudius Ptolemy (c.90-c.168)
World Map in Cosmographia, Ulm, 1482
British Library, London
© The British Library Board (IC.9303)

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Psalter world map, c.1265
British Library, London
©The British Library Board (Additional 28681)

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Hendrick Doncker (1626-1699)
De zee-atlas ofte water-waereld
Amsterdam: 1659
Maps Collection, National Library of Australia, Canberra, Map Ra 10

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Jan Jansson (1588-1664)
Wind Map in Atlantis Majoris
Amsterdam: 1657
Maps Collection, National Library of Australia, Canberra, Map Ra 327

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Petrus Plancius (1552-1622)
Orbis Terrarum Typus de Integro Multis in Locis Emendatus, 1594
Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth, 2010.044

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Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638)
Celestial globe, 1602
Australian National Maritime Museum collection, Sydney, 00005756

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Dauphin or Harleian world map, c.1547
British Library, London
© The British Library Board (Additional 5413)

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Diogo Ribeiro (d.1533)
Planisphere, 1529
Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vatican City, Carte Nautiche Borgiano III
© 2013 Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana

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Matthew Flinders (1774–1814)
General Chart of Terra Australis or Australia, 1814–1822
National Library of Australia, Tooley Collection, Map T 1494

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James Cook (1728–1779, surveyor) and Isaac Smith (1752–1831, chartmaker)
A plan of King George’s Island or Otaheite, 1769
British Library, London
© The British Library Board (Additional 21593 B)

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Hessel Gerritsz (c. 1581–1632)
Map of the Pacific Ocean, 1622
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, département des Cartes et Plans, SH, Arch. 30

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Andreas Walsperger (b. c. 1415)
World map, 1448
Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vatican City, Pal. Lat. 1362 B
© 2013 Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana

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Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie (VOC)
VOC Bond for 12,000 Gulden, 1651
Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth

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Plan of Sydney, in Francois Peron (1775–1810)
Voyage of Discoveries to Southern Lands, 1807–1817
Rex Nan Kivell Collection (Australian Rare Books), National Library of Australia, Canberra, NK 889

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Sydney Parkinson (d. 1771)
View of part of the eastern coast of New Holland, lat.35 and view in lat. 34, 1770
British Library, London
© The British Library Board (Additional 9345, ff.60v-61)

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Gerard Mercator (1512–1594)
A new and augmented representation of the world amended for the use of navigation, 1569
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, département des Cartes et Plans, Ge A 1064 (Rés)

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Macrobius (active 400)
Zonal world map, in Commentary on the Dream of Scipio,11th century
British Library, London

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Download all maps (252Mb Zip)

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