Auction 139, Lot 172

"Virginiae Partis Australis, et Floridae Partis Orientalis, interjacentiumq Regionum Nova Descriptio", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Colonial Southeast

Period: 1639 (circa)

Publication: Le Nouveau Theatre du Monde

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. This is the first state of Jansson's map, which is virtually identical to Blaeu's map of 1638. 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. French text on verso, published between 1639-42.

References: Burden #254; Cumming (SE) #42.

Condition: B+

Old color and wide margins with light toning and a centerfold separation that enters map image 2" at bottom that has been professionally repaired. A short tear and a small hole in bottom blank margin have also been professionally repaired, and there is light soiling in blank margins.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,800


Closed on 2/15/2012