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Auction 198, Lot 122

One of the Most Important 17th Century Maps of the Chesapeake Bay in Full Contemporary Color

"Nova Virginiae Tabula", Hondius/Blaeu

Subject: Colonial Mid-Atlantic United States

Period: 1642 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18.9 x 14.8 inches
48 x 37.6 cm
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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 1642-64.

References: Burden #193; Portinaro & Knirsch KXXIV; Tooley (Amer) p. 161-62; Van der Krogt (Vol. II) #9410:2.2; Wooldridge #30.

Condition: B+

A dark impression with full contemporary color, light toning, and minor foxing. There are a couple of small abrasions in the title cartouche, a short centerfold separation in the bottom margin, and remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $1,900 - $2,200

Sold for: $1,250

Closed on 6/19/2024