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Auction 102, Lot 116

"Nova Virginiae Tabula", Hondius/Blaeu

Subject: Colonial Virginia

Period: 1662 (published)

Publication: Atlas Maior

Color: Hand Color

19 x 14.6 inches
48.3 x 37.1 cm

One of the most important maps of the Chesapeake Bay region, credited with disseminating knowledge of the English settlement in Virginia throughout Europe in the 17th century . The map is a derivative of Capt. John Smith's map of 1612, which was the first to depict the bay and its tributaries with any accuracy. In the upper left corner is an engraving of the great Indian chief Powhatan seated on his throne and surrounded by his subjects. A Susquehanna chief is depicted on the right under a coat of arms and cartouche. The map was engraved by Jodocus Hondius Jr. and purchased by Willem Blaeu shortly after his death. This example is from the Latin edition of 1662.

References: Burden #193.

Condition: A

Fine impression and very wide margins with very faint and unobtrusive discoloration. Expert and nearly invisible repair of a tear a top that just touches neatline and a small horizontal tear at centerfold.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,000

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 3/5/2003