Auction 136, Lot 213

"Virginiae partis australis, et Floridae partis orientalis, interjacentiumq regionum Nova Descriptio", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Colonial Southeast

Period: 1638 (circa)

Publication: Appendice

Color: Hand Color

19.8 x 15.3 inches
50.3 x 38.9 cm

This lovely map of the Southeast extends from the southern part of Chesapeake Bay to northern Florida. Cartographically it improves on the Hondius map of 1606, on which it was derived, with Chesapeake Bay correctly indicated as a large bay and the Carolinas and Georgian coasts depicted more accurately. The map presents the English and French colonial interests in the region as depicted by their respective royal arms. At the southern end of the Appalachians is a note concerning gold and silver mines. Richly decorated with a large cartouche flanked by Native Americans. The Atlantic Ocean contains two compass roses, three sailing ships and two aquatic putti holding the German scale of miles. Latin text on verso.

References: Burden #253.

Condition: B+

Text show-through in the image. Some minor toning in the margin.

Estimate: $1,600 - $2,000

Sold for: $800

Closed on 6/1/2011