Auction 119, Lot 182

"Nova Virginiae Tabula", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: Colonial Chesapeake Bay

Period: 1671 (published)

Publication: De Nieuwe En Onbekende Wereld

Color: Black & White

13.8 x 11.3 inches
35.1 x 28.7 cm

This is a very decorative, carefully made map based on the Hondius/Blaeu version of John Smith's prototype of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay. It is beautifully engraved with mountains, rivers, and forests and provides a wealth of information concerning the Indian villages in the region. The title and distance scale cartouches feature putti and a scene at upper right features Native Americans with a llama, unicorn and a fat-tailed sheep. This is state one, printed on paper watermarked with a jester.

References: Tooley (Amer) p.168-9, plt. 76; Goss (NA) #38.

Condition: B

Sharp impression. Left margin professionally extended with some facsimile of neat line.

Estimate: $1,300 - $1,500

Sold for: $950

Closed on 5/9/2007