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Auction 109, Lot 121

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

Subject: Colonial Southeast

Period: 1640 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

20 x 15 inches
50.8 x 38.1 cm

This striking map of the Southeast 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 French text on verso.

References: Burden #253; Cumming (SE) #41.

Condition: A

Light toning and lovely old color. Slight foxing in the Atlantic and in the lower margin, otherwise excellent condition.

Estimate: $1,900 - $2,200

Sold for: $1,600

Closed on 12/1/2004