Catalog Archive
Auction 107, Lot 105

"Virginiae partis australis, et Floridae partis orientalis, interjacentiumq regionum Nova Descriptio", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Colonial Southeast

Period: 1662 (published)

Publication: Atlas Maior

Color: Hand Color

19.7 x 15.2 inches
50 x 38.6 cm
Download High Resolution Image
(or just click on image to launch the Zoom viewer)

This striking map of the Southeast, first published in 1638, is based on the Hondius map of 1606 with marked improvements in the northern part of the map, based largely on the work of Hessel Gerritsz and unknown English sources. In the Chesapeake Bay area Newport News (Newport Nesa) is named for the first time, along with Bermouth, Stortingen and Arglas. The cartography in the southern part of the map remains unchanged with three imaginary lakes shown, the largest draining through the Carolinas via the May River. The map depicts the English and French colonial interests in the region as depicted by their respective royal coat of arms and several new settlements are noted. The map is adorned with a colorful cartouche showing six Indians in full regalia. The Atlantic Ocean contains two compass roses, three sailing ships and two winged children of the sea holding the German scale of miles. Second state with Latin text on verso.

References: Burden #253; Cumming (SE) #41; Goss (Blaeu) #74; Van der Krogt (Atlantes) #9400:2.

Condition: B

Lovely original color. Minor toning and slight show-through of text on verso. Professional repair of minor fold separations.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 6/9/2004