"Nova Virginiae Tabula", Hondius/Blaeu
Subject: Colonial Mid-Atlantic
Period: 1640 (published)
Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum
Color: Hand Color
19 x 14.5 inches
48.3 x 36.8 cm
This stunning map is one of the most important seventeenth century maps of the Chesapeake Bay region. The map was derived from Capt. John Smith's map of 1612, which was the first to depict the bay and its tributaries with any accuracy. Jamestown is noted and named as Iamestowne, and a number of names, both English and Indian, fill the coastal areas of the map. 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 is depicted on the right under the British coat-of-arms and a key cartouche. The plate was engraved by D. Grijp and originally published by Jodocus Hondius Jr. in 1618. It was purchased by Willem Blaeu shortly after Hondius' death (1629) and Blaeu's imprint replaced that of Hondius for subsequent editions. Latin text on verso.
References: Burden #193.
Excellent impression and fine original color on a sheet with wide margins. There is a some irregular toning in the margins, and a short centerfold separation in the bottom, none of which affect the map.