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1609 landmark Hondius map of Virginia and Florida

Place/Date: Amsterdam / 1609
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Title: Virginiae Item et Floridae Americae Provinciarum, Nova Descriptio
Dimensions
34 x 48 cm (13.5 x 19 in)
Identifier
NL-00021
Coloring
Hand color
Condition Rating
VG

Description

Hondius’s landmark map of 1606, this example issued in 1609, which was the only regional map of North America in the first edition of the Mercator-Hondius atlas.

Burden notes that 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 years, 1606, a party of Englishmen left England to begin arguably the most important colonization of North America in theis 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 1609 issue can be dated from the French text on the verso and the signature mark Rrrrrrr. There were additional issues of the map over the next thirty years.

Verso Text: French

Cartographer(s)

Jodocus Hondius

Jodocus Hondius (Latinized version of his Dutch name: Joost de Hondt) (14 October 1563 – 12 February 1612) was a Flemish engraver and cartographer. He is sometimes called Jodocus Hondius the Elder to distinguish him from his son Jodocus Hondius II.

Hondius is best known for his early maps of the New World and Europe, for re-establishing the reputation of the work of Gerard Mercator, and for his portraits of Francis Drake. One of the notable figures in the Golden Age of Dutch/Netherlandish cartography (c. 1570s–1670s), he helped establish Amsterdam as the center of cartography in Europe in the 17th century.

Condition Description

Wear along the edges, neatly repaired tear on and alongside the centerfold, some toning to the paper. The image itself is gorgeous and would work perfectly if framed.

References

Burden 151; Cumming 26.

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