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George T. Abell Collection of Antique Maps

This cartographic collection was the gift of the estate of the late Midland oilman George T. Abell. Mr Abell was interested in travel, geography, the geology of the petroleum industry and the history of the Southwest, and the maps reflect these as well as other subjects. The collection contains over a hundred maps which range in date from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. Notably, the collection also contains a 1573 copy of Abraham Ortelius's Theatrvm orbis terrarvm, considered by some as the first modern atlas of the world.

Finding Aids and Links

George T. Abell Collection of Antique Maps finding aid

Digitized maps from the George T. Abell Collection

Map from the George T. Abell Collection: Americae sive novi orbis, nove descriptio. Map from the George T. Abell Collection: Americae sive novi orbis, nove descriptio.