Auction 154, Lot 105

"Virginia et Nova Francia", Hondius/Bertius

Subject: Colonial Northeastern United States & Canada

Period: 1618 (published)

Publication: Tabularum Geographicarum Contractarum…

Color: Hand Color

5.4 x 3.8 inches
13.7 x 9.7 cm

This charming miniature map depicts the east coast of North America from the Rio May to Newfoundland. The map is based on Hondius' world map from 1611, but does not incorporate new information from the explorations of Samuel de Champlain (in Canada and along the Great Lakes) or of John Smith (in the Chesapeake Bay area and New England). The area from present-day New York to Maine is labeled Norenbega, and the area further south is labeled Virginia, with the Chesapeake Bay noticeably missing. A region just east of a large mountain range (the Appalachian mountains) is named Apalc: hen, and the St. Lawrence river is featured prominently at top. Several small islands grace the Atlantic, including La Bermuda and S. Anna. French text on verso.

References: Burden #185; King (2nd ed.) pp. 96-99; Cumming #31; Kershaw #51; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #9200:342.

Condition: A

A nice impression with attractive color, minor toning, and light show-through of text on verso. There is a faint damp stain in left blank margin. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $400

Closed on 9/16/2015