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Nova Virginiae Tabula

Smith, John __Cartographer ||Hondius, Henry __Publisher
Place Made:
Amsterdam Netherlands
Date Made:
ink and watercolor on paper
HOA 18; WOA 22 (site) w/o frame
Accession Number:
This map is a copy of John Smith’s 1612 map of Virginia which was engraved by William Hole. Smith’s map has been noted as one of the most important and influential early maps of Virginia and was copied by a number of early publishers including Henrici Hondii (also seen as Hendrick Hond, Hendrick Hondius, and Henricus Hondius) The orientation of the map with North to the right is not an unusual feature of early maps.

DESCRIPTION: Map of Virginia oriented with north to the right; inset of chief Powhatan’s council chamber in upper left corner; title at top center; key to structures and heraldic motif in upper right corner; illustration of a Susquehanna Indian at center right side; map is illustrated with topographical features, labeled with the names of settlements, waterways, etc., and colored with watercolors. On back is a description in French entitled, “DESCRIPTION DE LA VIRGINIE.” Although the map with the description printed on the map is one piece, a paper seam is glued between the two printed “pages” on the back of the map.

EDITION AND STATE: According to historian and collector Carolyn McNamara this The French language, the page 697 and word “peu” verifies that this is derivative 5, State 1, of the French edition of this map printed in 1633.

REFERENCES: Burden, The Mapping of North America, 228
Tooley, Mapping of America, pg. 166
Prichard and Taliferro, Degrees of Latitude, 5.

According to Tooley, this state was used in all editions of the Mercator-Hondius atlas published after 1633.
Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase Fund