Auction 154, Lot 156

Blaeu's Decorative Map of the Southeast

"Virginiae Partis Australis, et Floridae Partis Orientalis, Interjacentiumq Regionum Nova Descriptio", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Colonial Southeast United States

Period: 1640 (circa)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Hand Color

Size:
19.7 x 15.2 inches
50 x 38.6 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 the 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. This is the second state of the map with Latin text on verso, published between 1640-55.

References: Burden #253; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #9400:2.

Condition: B+

Nice dark impression with attractive color on watermarked paper. There is some faint text show-through, light offsetting, and a few minor spots in the image.

Estimate: $1,600 - $2,000

Sold for: $850

Closed on 9/16/2015

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