Amsterdam: Willem Blaeu, 1647.
Map. Engraving with original hand coloring. Image measures 14.75" x 18 7/8".
Rare and early 1647 map of the Chesapeake Bay and the Virginia Colony by Willem Blaeu. Oriented with north to the right, the map shows the Chesapeake Bay in its entirety and extends from Cape Henry to the Susquehanna River. This map was originally a 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. Denotes many place names including Jamestown and geographical and topographical elements.
Features two architectural arnate cartouches and a coat of arms. A Sasquesahanough Indian is featured below the cartouche. An elaborate vignette showing the Powhatan King surrounded by his subjects in an early depiction of a Native American Longhouse is included in the top left. The map is considered by some to be one of the most important maps of America ever produced.
This is the second state of the map, identified by the german text on verso, dating this map to 1647. This map is in good condition with 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.
Condition: Very Good