Amsterdam: Willem Blaeu. unbound. Map. Engraving with original hand coloring. Image measures 14.75" x 18 7/8" very good.
Rare and early map of the Chesapeake Bay in beautiful original color, circa 1647. Features two architectural cartouches, a coat of arms, a Native American figure and a vignette showing the Powhatan King surrounded by his subjects. Denotes many place names including Jamestown and geographical and topographical elements. This map was the first and most well known derivation of the map by John Smith from 1612. Settlements are marked with a house and the parameters of Smith's explorations are marked with a cross. Originally published by Jodocus Hondius Jr. in 1618, this example is the second state, after the plate was purchased by Willem Jansz. Blaeu in 1629. Competition between the highly successful Dutch mapmaking families, Hondius and Blaeu helped propel the success and wide distribution of this map, inadvertently spreading the word of England's claim in the New World. Minor overall toning, light scattered foxing, folds to margins from previous framing. Full original margins. Willem Blaeu (1571-1638) was a prolific Dutch mapmaker who started one of the most famous map publishing firms of the 17th century. It was at this time that the Dutch controlled the map trade, and their ornate and beautiful maps had immense popularity. Blaeu was instrumental in driving this dominance in his lifetime, and this legacy was continued by his sons.