Lot 61 of 420:
Ealy map of Virginia 1636  

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Lot closed - Sold For:$1,200
$2,000 - $3,000

Virginiae Item et Floridae Americae Provinciarum, Nova Descriptio
Hondius, Jodocus

Copper-engraved map, hand-colored. 34.1x48.3 cm. (13½x19").

Hondius' landmark map of 1606, this example issued in 1636, or possibly 1638, which was the only regional map of North America in the first edition of the Mercator-Hondius atlas. Burden notes it is "a composite largely of John White's Virginia and Jacques le Moyne's Florida as interpreted by Thedore de Bry in 1590 and 1591 respectively. Chesepioock Sinus representing Chesapeake Bay is still shown in its White delineation. At the end of this year, 1606, a party of Englishmen left England to begin arguably the most important colonization of North America in this very bay, at Jamestown. Within just a few years the entire region would be complete revised cartographically... The map is embellished with various game including a wild turkey. Examples of Indian villages in Florida and Virginia appear in cartouches either side of the title. The map's scale and decorativeness make it very sought after..." This 1636 issue can be dated from the Latin text on the verso and the signature mark Ssss, which are also features of the 1638 issue. Burden 151; Cumming 26.

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Verso reinforcement along centerfold, a few other neat repairs; near fine, a very attractive example with strong impression.
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