Virginiae Partis australis, et Floridae partis orientalis, interjacentiumq regionum Nova Descriptio
Place Published: Amsterdam
Publisher: John Ogilby
Date Published: 1671
Description: Map. Copper plate engraving with hand coloring. Image measures 11.5" x 14".
Comments: Beautiful early map of the south eastern coast of the United States, from the Chesapeake Bay to northern Florida. Includes decorative cartouches with native scenes. Based on an 1638 map by Blaeu, Montanus (c. 1625-1683) published this piece in his monumental work "De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld: of Beschryving van America" in 1671. Ogilby (1600-1676) published an English edition the same year. Expert repairs to minor losses. Minor overall toning, chips to bottom edge. Margins cropped close to plate line. John Ogilby (1600 - 1676) is often noted in the literature for his wide ranging pursuits--dancer, actor, translator, tutor, among others--that, more often than not, ended in failure. But rather than thinking of these pursuits as unsuccessful, they might be better considered as steps toward his ultimate destiny: cartography. Ogilby got his first taste of the trade in 1666--himself at the age of 66--by surveying and mapping London after the Great Fire. The project inspired him to pursue and publish geographical descriptions of the wider world, including China, Japan, and Africa. In 1675, a year after he was appointed "Kings Cosmographer and Geographic Painter," he published the defining work of his career, a road atlas of England entitled "Britannia." The original volume was the first road atlas ever published and was notable for its scale of one inch to a standard mile. This impressive and innovative volume finally secured Ogilby's place in the history books one of the most memorable and important figures of 17th-century cartography.Binding: unbound
Condition: very good
Book ID: 215192