Auction 160, Lot 193

Rare Edition of Atlas Minor Map of Virginia

"Virginia", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Colonial Mid-Atlantic United States

Period: 1651 (published)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

7.6 x 5.8 inches
19.3 x 14.7 cm

This delicately engraved map is a reduced version of John Smith's map of the Chesapeake Bay region. Despite its small size, it is filled with pictorial topography and towns with both English and Native names, including Jamestown (Iamestowne). A key appears within the delicate title cartouche at top left, balanced by the Royal Arms of England at top right. This map only appeared in the 1648 and 1651 German editions of Jansson's Atlas Minor, and is therefore very rare. German text on verso.

References: Burden #287; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #9410:352.B.

Condition: B+

Nice impression and color on watermarked paper with light show-through of text on verso and foxing confined to the blank margins and top right corner of map.

Estimate: $600 - $750

Sold for: $450

Closed on 11/16/2016