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Auction 115, Lot 172

"Nova Virginiae Tabula", Hondius, Henricus

Subject: Colonial Chesapeake Bay

Period: 1647 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Hand Color

19.3 x 15 inches
49 x 38.1 cm

Henricus Hondius' version of Capt. John Smith's important map of 1612, drawn from his brother's earlier map of 1618. After the death of Jodocus in 1629, his widow sold a number of plates to Blaeu. Angry at the sale to a competitor, Henricus and Joannes Jansson engaged engravers to cut new plates, which were largely based on Jodocus' work. 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, facing in toward Chesapeake Bay, is depicted on the right under a coat of arms. Latin text on verso.

References: Burden #228.

Condition: A

Attractive later color. Bit of unobtrusive offsetting, overall very good.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,000

Sold for: $1,900

Closed on 6/21/2006