"Nova Anglia Novum Belgium et Virginia", Jansson, Jan
Subject: Colonial New England and Mid-Atlantic
Period: 1639 (circa)
Publication: Nouvel Atlas
Color: Hand Color
19.8 x 15.3 inches
50.3 x 38.9 cm
This is the first state of Jansson's influential map of the eastern coast of North America covering from just south of Cape Fear to Nova Scotia. The map is based on the less well-known map of Johannes de Laet of 1630, but covers a slightly larger area. The map includes part of the Great Lakes, labeled Grand Lac and Lac des Yroquois, an unnamed Lake Champlain, and a fictitious lake at the headwaters of the Delaware River. According to Karpinski, this "is the first printed complete map of Lake Superior" although there is no evidence to support that and Grand Lac is more likely Lake Huron. The map is adorned with two decorative cartouches, ships, sea monsters and compass roses. French text on verso.
References: Burden #247; Cumming (SE) #39; Karpinski, p. 26, p. 31, & plt. II; McCorkle #636.2.
There is a small minor paper defect just above the scale cartouche and some faint toning along centerfold. There is a short, marginal tear at bottom, repaired with tissue on verso.