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Auction 176, Lot 133

Second Derivative of John Smith's Map of Virginia

"Nova Virginiae Tabula", Jansson, Jan

Subject: Colonial Mid-Atlantic United States

Period: 1630 (published)

Publication: Atlas Minor

Color: Hand Color

7.5 x 5.2 inches
19.1 x 13.2 cm
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This delicately engraved map is a reduced version of John Smith's map of the Chesapeake Bay region. Although it is the second derivative of Smith's map, it is actually the first derivative published in an atlas. Despite its small size, it is filled with towns with both English and Native names, including Jamestown (Iamestowne), and a key to the types of buildings on the left and pictorial topography. Engraved by Pieter van den Keere with his Latinized name appearing below the title cartouche. French text on verso.

This map was a new addition for Jan Jansson's editions of the Atlas Minor, published in 5 editions between 1628-48. The copperplates for the original Atlas Minor editions published by Hondius were sold to parties in England between 1621-25. Jansson commissioned Pieter van den Keere and Abraham Goos to engrave new plates, which were close copies of the original editions.

References: Burden #223; Tooley (America) plt. 70; Van der Krogt (Vol. III) #9410:352A.1; Wooldridge #33.

Condition: B+

Light toning with a damp stain confined to the bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $700 - $850


Closed on 2/12/2020