Auction 110, Lot 144

"Virginia", Duval/Beer

Subject: Colonial Southeast

Period: 1679 (published)

Publication: Geographiae Universalis…

Color: Hand Color

4.8 x 3.8 inches
12.2 x 9.7 cm

Charming miniature map of the colonies based on the geography of Nicolas Sanson, Duval's uncle. The colony of Virginia is shown with Jamestown and the Indian city of Orapaks. The defunct Swedish colony is to the north, and to the south is Florida (claimed by the French) with a huge L. May. In the west is a large Lac Erie ou Lac du Chat (named for the panther like fierceness of its Indian inhabitants). A tiny inset map of the island of Bermuda is included above the bold oval title cartouche. An alternate title Virginia et Insulae Bermudes appears across the top.

Pierre Duval published a wide range of atlases and individual maps including a fine miniature world geography with many of the maps based on Sanson. This map is from the German edition of Duval's world geography. The maps were probably engraved by Sigismund G. Hipschman (as his signature appears on the title page and the world map) and have Latin titles rather than the original French. The maps are often attributed to Johann C. Beer, who translated the work into German.

References: Burden #341; Cumming (SE) #85.

Condition: A

Lightly toned.

Estimate: $400 - $450

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 3/2/2005