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Auction 92, Lot 122

"Virginiae partis australis, et Floridae partis orientalis, interjacentiumq regionum Nova Descriptio", Blaeu, Willem

Subject: Colonial United States

Period: 1640 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

19.8 x 15.1 inches
50.3 x 38.4 cm
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This striking map of the Southeast is based on the Mercator-Hondius map of 1606 with marked improvements in the northern part of the map, based largely on the work of Hessel Gerritsz. It is a fine example, in fully original color, with "Virginia Septentrionalis" in a golden color reflecting Appalachian Mountain region that was thought to be the location of gold mines. In the Chesapeake Bay area Newport News (Newport Nesa) is named for the first time, along with "Bermouth, Stortingen and Arglas". The cartography in the southern part of the map, remains unchanged with three imaginary lakes shown, the largest draining through the Carolinas via the May River. The map is adorned with a colorful cartouche showing six Indians in full regalia. Two coats of arms are placed to reflect the colonial interests of France and Britain. The Atlantic Ocean contains two compass roses, three sailing ships and two winged cherubs holding the German scale of miles. Second state with Latin text on verso. $1,400 RESERVE.

References: Burden #253.

Condition: A

There is slight surface soil and minor foxing of the wide margins.

Estimate: $1,700 - $1,800

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 9/13/2000