Lot 335: Hondius 1628 map of Virginia and the Carolinas
December 1, 2016
Falls Church, VA, USALive Auction
Description: [Hondius/Southeast America] VIRGINIAE ITEM ET FLORIDAE AMERICAE PROVINCIARUM, NOVA DESCRIPTIO or a New Description of Virginia and Florida of Provincial America. [From a French-language edition of Hondiuss Gerardi Mercatoris Atlas Sive Cosmographicae : French text on verso with page numbers 697 and 700. Right side of verso signed Oooooooo. Burden 151. Based largely on earlier maps by Theodore de Bry. Jodocus Hondius moved the inland Appalachian sea (Lacus aquae dulcis ) north, probably in response to Cornelis Wytfliets map, and its outlet, the St. Johns River (R de May) flows southeast. The most prominent engraved decorations are the engraved ships, ocean monsters, Indians and the views of Jamestown on either side of the cartouche, but a wild turkey is engraved north of the compass rose. Double-page. 13 ½ x 18 ¾ in. Outer edge of border nearly coincides with plate mark. Does not have A. 1588. Hand colored. Image near fine. Moderate, somewhat uneven trimming to margin (well outside plate mark). 2 hinging bits to upper margin of verso. Mapsellers blindseal at lower left: LAmateur O.P.I. Bs. Aires. Penciling at upper and lower right (in margins).