"Virginia - Erforshet und Beschriben durch Capitain Iohan Schmidt", Merian, Matthaus
Subject: Colonial Mid-Atlantic
Period: 1627 (published)
Publication: Grand Voyages, Part XIII
Color: Hand Color
14 x 11.3 inches
35.6 x 28.7 cm
John Smith's map was the most important map of Virginia and Chesapeake Bay of the seventeenth century. It was the prototype map of the region and was instrumental in creating interest in the new Virginia colony. The map depicts a number of explorations and observations made by Smith and the Jamestown settlers, with small crosses marking the range of those explorations. The information on the locations of the Indian tribes and villages is very extensive; in fact it is still in use by archaeologists today. The decorations are based on John White's drawings made during the first attempt to form a colony in Virginia, as published in the first part of Theodore de Bry's Grand Voyages. This third derivative of Smith's map accompanied the 13th part of the Grand Voyages, which was published posthumously by his son-in-law, Mathaus Merian.
References: Burden #219; Tooley (Amer) p. 163-4 #3, plt 71; Garratt (TMC-9) p. 9, #G39.
The map is professionally backed with light Japanese tissue repairing a couple of short tears into the map at bottom right and entering the map at top, between the V and I in the title. The repairs are nearly invisible and expertly done.