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
19.8 x 15.2 inches
50.3 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.
A sharp impression with light, scattered foxing and an archivally repaired centerfold separation that enters 2" into image at top. Remnants of hinge tape on verso.