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Jan Jansson: Nova Virginiae Tabula

Map: USA9219
Cartographer: Jan Jansson
Title: Nova Virginiae Tabula
Date: 1666
Published: Amsterdam
Width: 22 inches / 56 cm
Height: 15 inches / 39 cm
Map ref: USA9219
Classic Dutch Golden Age rendering of the Chesapeake Bay and the regions of what was to become Virginia and Maryland.

It is based on the survey by John Smith and shows the Bay on an east to west orientation. Henricus's map is almost exactly based on one which was initially produced by his brother, Jodocus Hondius Jr. who, although he copied Smith's map, also improved it and more importantly, disseminated it by way of the atlases produced by both his brother and the Blaeu family. This constant use of Smith’s survey prolonged its authority as a source and even more importantly, helped to solidify English claims to the Bay region.

On Henricus’s death, the business passed to his brother – in – law, Johannes Jansson, who issued this map in several of his atlases, competing fiercely with his arch-rivals, the Blaeu family. Jansson died in 1664 and this is the penultimate issue published from the Atlas Contractus in 1666. There was one final issue in Jansson’s Atlas Major, published in 1675 by Jansson van Waesberge, who inherited the firm.

Latin text on verso (image available on request). Coloured. [Burden 228] [USA9219]