Auction 125, Lot 179

"Nova Virginiae Tabula", Hondius, Henricus

Subject: Colonial Mid-Atlantic, Virginia

Period: 1644 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Novus

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.3 x 15 inches
49 x 38.1 cm

This graphic map is Henricus Hondius' version of Capt. John Smith's important map of 1612, drawn from his brother's map of 1618. After the death of Jodocus Hondius 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. The map is beautifully engraved with topographical features with the locations of scores of Indian villages. 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. French text on verso.

References: Burden #228; Tooley (Amer) pp. 165-66.

Condition: B+

Lightly toned with a bit of very minor uneven toning.

Estimate: $2,750 - $3,500

Unsold

Closed on 9/24/2008

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