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  • Virginia Antique Map Bleau 1638

Virginia Antique Map Bleau 1638

Nova Virginiae
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Paper Size:
22 in. x 19 in.
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This map is from a very rare 1638 French text edition, which has the same copperplates as the 1635 edition, however the text on the verso was reset in two text columns. This edition is the last version the great master printed under his patronage. The map is based on the first state of Smith's map, 1612, and is slightly larger and more expertly engraved. This map does have some damp staining in the lower and left hand margin as shown. A centerfold separation in the top margin has been closed with old paper, otherwise in very good condition. Printed from engraved copper plates with beautiful hand coloring. In 1629 the Hondius plate was purchased by Blaeu who deleted Hondius' name and added his own to the imprint, constituting the second state. The map is, in part, famous for its depiction, upper left, of Chief Powhatan, waving his tobacco pipe, and seated, as the caption says, ,in state when Capt. John Smith was delivered to him prisoner. Smith was unusual among early mapmakers in acknowledging the assistance of native American informants. Maltese Crosses designate areas on the map based on this help. As Willem Blaeu died in 1638 most of his maps are actually published by his son Joan. This map carries his (engraved) signature and was actually published in volume II of a French edition of his "Le Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas", dated 1638. From early on Willem Jansz. Blaeu aimed of publishing an atlas to compete with the Hondius-Jansson Atlas. By 1630, he had published at least 17 folio size maps. Blaeu was able to realize his plan soon after he had acquired the copper plates of the atlas maps by Jodocus Hondius. The "Appendix followed in 1630. In 1635 he finally realized a "international edition" of a world atlas, the "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum".