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Auction 176, Lot 144

"Virginia et Florida", Hondius/Purchas

Subject: Colonial Southeast United States

Period: 1625 (published)

Publication: Purchas his Pilgrimes…

Color: Hand Color

7.3 x 5.8 inches
18.5 x 14.7 cm
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This is a reduced version of Hondius' folio map of the same title. It was based on John White's Virginia and Jacques le Moyne's Florida as interpreted by Theodore de Bry. Numerous Indian villages are shown throughout and in the Apalacci Montes there is a notation concerning the presence of both gold and silver, and below lies the fictitious Lacus Dulcis, more commonly called Lake May. Decorated with strapwork scale of miles and title cartouches. On a full sheet of English text measuring 7.8 x 11.1".

At the beginning of the 17th century, Samuel Purchas, an English cleric, set out to publish a compendium of voyages to foreign countries. To illustrate his work, Purchase obtained the rights to use Jodocus Hondius' copperplates from Atlas Minor. Over 60 maps were included in Purchas His Pilgrimes, most of which were from Hondius' plates, with English titles inserted above them. Purchas also had a few additional maps engraved, including those for India, China, Greenland, North America, and Nova Scotia.

References: Burden #155; Cumming (SE) #27; Shirley (BL Atlases) G.PUR-1a #56.

Condition: A

There are a few faint stains along the sheet edges, away from the map image.

Estimate: $475 - $600

Sold for: $375

Closed on 2/12/2020