One of the Most Important 17th Century Maps of the Chesapeake Bay
"Nova Virginiae Tabula", Hondius, Henricus
Subject: Colonial Mid-Atlantic United States
Period: 1645 (circa)
Publication: Nieuwen Atlas
Color: Hand Color
19.6 x 15.1 inches
49.8 x 38.4 cm
This graphic map is Henricus Hondius' version of Capt. John Smith's important map of 1612, drawn from his brother's map of 1618. After the death of Jodocus Hondius in 1629, his widow sold a number of plates to Blaeu. Angry at the sale to a competitor, Henricus and Joannes Jansson engaged engravers to cut new plates, which were largely based on Jodocus' work. This is the 5th derivative of Smith's map. It is beautifully engraved with topographical features and the locations of scores of Indian villages. In the upper left corner is an engraving of the great Indian chief Powhatan seated on his throne and surrounded by his subjects. A Susquehanna chief, facing in toward Chesapeake Bay (opposite of Jodocus' plate), is depicted on the right under a coat of arms. Dutch text on verso, published between 1645-58.
References: Burden #228; Tooley (Amer) pp. 165-66; Van der Krogt (Vol. I) #9410:1.
A crisp impression on a bright sheet with full contemporary color, one small hole in the image caused by a rust stain at bottom right, and show-through of text on verso. There are small remnants of hinge tape on verso and a few tiny tears along the edges of the sheet.