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Virginiae Pars Australis Et Floridae Partis Orientalis

Virginiae Pars Australis Et Floridae Partis Orientalis : J.Blaeu

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Based on the Hondius map of 1606, although here incorporating many new geographical features, Blaeu's map covers from the mouth of the Chesapeake in the north to Cap Francois in the south. On this map Blaeu depicts the shape of the Chesapeake correctly - an improvement on Hondius' depiction of the river as just a small bay. This is state two of the map (as identified by Burden in his "Mapping Of America") as the cherub to the left of the mileage scale is exhibiting a tail and thus was first published in 1640. The first state of the map is dated by Burden as c.1638. The title cartouche is boldly flanked by six figures in local dress - a most decorative embellishment. On the map itself, Blaeu shows the Royal Arms of both England and France indicating their claims to the regions shown. Jansson's map of the region followed hot on the heels of Blaeu's map in 1639 and its almost identical format is surely testament to Blaeu's own depiction. This is a Dutch text edition of the map printed on page 82 and with a letter 'H' imprint at the bottom of the verso text indicating the map is from a 1649 or later edition of the atlas. A good example of this sought-after map with fine original colour, highlighted in gold. Some reinforcement to verdigris wear.
mapmaker: J.Blaeu  
place and date of publication: Amsterdam c.1638-1662
medium and colour: copperplate, Original o/l colour
size in mm: 390 x 500
ref: 37974
literature: Burden, Mapping Of North America, 253, st2.

Price: £ 1200

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