Amsterdam: Henrici Hondius, 1630.
Map. Engraving with original hand coloring. Image measures 14.75" x 18 7/8".
Rare and early 1630 map of the Chesapeake Bay and the Virginia Colony by Henricus Hondius. 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 a derivation of the map by John Smith from 1612, drawn from his deceased brother Jodocus' 1618 version. 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 first state, with no text on verso, dating this map to 1630. This map is in good condition with verso reinforcements along the centerfold and top margin. Minor toning. Beautiful original color.
Jodocus Hondius (1563-1612) was the founder of a prolific map publishing business, which helped to propel the Dutch to lead the Golden Age of cartography. When Jodocus the elder died in 1612, his wife Colette ran the business until their sons came of age to join the firm. During this time, their daughter Elisabeth married Johannes Jansson and the two of them helped Colette run the business. Jodocus & Colette's youngest son, Henricus Hondius (1597-1651) later ran the business along with his extended family.