One of the Most Important 17th Century Maps of the Chesapeake Bay
"Nova Virginiae Tabula", Hondius/Blaeu
Subject: Colonial Mid-Atlantic United States
Period: 1647 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
18.8 x 14.8 inches
47.8 x 37.6 cm
This map was derived from Capt. John Smith's map of 1612, which was the first to depict the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries with any accuracy. The early settlement of Jamestown is noted as Iamestowne, and there are a number of other place names, both English and Native American. 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 is depicted on the right under the British coat-of-arms and a key cartouche. The plate was engraved by Dirck Grijp and was originally published by Jodocus Hondius Jr. in 1618. It was purchased by Willem Blaeu shortly after Hondius' death (1629) and Blaeu's imprint replaced that of Hondius. Dutch text on verso, published between 1647-64.
References: Burden #193; Portinaro & Knirsch KXXIV; Tooley (Amer) p. 161-62; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #9410:2.2.
A sharp impression on a bright sheet with wide margins, faint toning along the centerfold, and short printer's creases at bottom right.