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1630 – J. Hondius – Virginiae Item et Floridae Americae

Title:                      “Virginiae Item et Floridae Americae Provinciarum, nova Descriptio

One of the great early maps of the American South, from before the Jamestown colony. The Mercator-Hondius map of Virginia and Florida, first published in 1606 by Jodocus Hondius, was the only regional American map in his edition of the Mercator Atlas. It is a remarkably good rendition of the coastline from St. Augustine to the Chesapeake Bay and points interior. Derived from John White’s map of Virginia (what became North Carolina), Le Moyne-De Bry’s map of Florida (what became South Carolina, Georgia and north Florida) and early travel accounts, Hondius cobbled together a map of great interest. A wild turkey and other game are illustrated, along with sea monsters, an indigenous canoe and sailing ships.

Cartographer:      Jodocus Hondius (1563-1611)
Sheet size:           47 x 58 cm
Year:                     1630
Technique:           copper engraving

Good condition. Strong print and paper, wide margins, slightly brownish. Middle fold as issued, German text on verso. Restored small tear at the bottom, but does not affect the picture. At the back of the map reinforcement around margin (map was in the frame before).

​Due to the age of this map some imperfections to be expected!

This is a genuine antique map published in 1630 and not a modern copy or reprint!


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