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Auction 109, Lot 120

"Virginiae Item et Floridae Americae Provinciarum, nova Descriptio", Hondius, Jodocus

Subject: Colonial Southeast

Period: 1636 (published)

Publication: Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas sive Cosmographicae…

Color: Hand Color

19 x 13.5 inches
48.3 x 34.3 cm

Superb map compiled from John White's Virginia and Jacques le Moyne's Florida as interpreted by Theodore de Bry. Largely due to the enormous success of this atlas, Le Moyne's erroneous depiction of a large inland lake from which the R. de May (St. John's River) flows in a southeasterly direction was popularized. Chesapeake Bay, here called Chesepioock Sinus, and the area south towards C.S. Romano Hispanis are shown in their White delineations. The Indian villages of Paquiwok, Croatoan, and Wococon are named in the Outer Banks and several others are located along the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. The map is extensively decorated with depictions of Indian villages incorporated in the title cartouche, a Floridian king and queen and Virginian natives in a canoe (after De Bry), wildlife including a wild turkey, ships, sea monsters and a superb compass rose. Latin text on verso.

References: Burden #151; Cumming (SE)#26; Williams & Johnson #3.

Condition: A

Fine old color. Light unobtrusive offsetting, still very good. Professional repair in bottom blank margin with toning at paper edges, all well away from map.

Estimate: $3,000 - $3,500

Sold for: $1,900

Closed on 12/1/2004