VERY RARE ~ THE EARLIEST AND MOST IMPORTANT DERIVATIVE OF SMITH’S VIRGINIA
HONDIUS, JODOCUS, JR.
Nova Virginia Tabula
Some period color, 14-3/4” x 18-7/8” The map has been cleaned, with some light staining at lower center. A bit of professional infill to blank margins. Overall a solid example of a very rare map.
First edition of the earliest and most important derivative of Captain John Smith’s 1612 map of Virginia. It is based on state one of Smith’s map, lacking longitude and all of the place names added to the later states of the prototype.
After the death of Jodocus Hondius, Sr. in 1612, his sons, Henricus Hondius, Jodocus Hondius, Jr., and their brother-in-law, Johannes Janssonius, continued the great publishing house. Their relationships were tenuous and by 1618 the younger Jodocus was operating independently, publishing in that year as a loose sheet, this first derivative of Smith’s Virginia. He continued to produce loose sheet maps for the next decade, evidently with the intention of gathering them into a published atlas that would compete with the Mercator-Hondius atlas. In the meantime, the maps were issued separately; the very few which survive, were bound into composite atlases.
When Jodocus Hondius, Jr., died in 1629, his widow sold forty of his copper-plates to the rival firm of Blaeu, one of the “major events in the early history of commercial cartography in Amsterdam” (Van der Krogt). These plates became the basis of Blaeu’s first atlas, the Atlas Appendix, 1630, which ushered in “a new trend in Amsterdam atlas production,” that had been originally conceived by Jodocus Hondius, Jr., but cut short by his death. Among these was this map of Virginia, with the imprint changed to Blaeu, and which continued to be included in Blaeu atlases for the next forty years. In this form, the Hondius plate served as the prototype for virtually every derivative of Smith’s Virginia published in Europe in the 17th century.
Very few examples with Jodocus Hondius, Jr.’s imprint survive. According to Van der Krogt, just six examples of bound collections of his maps are known, five of which contain the map of Virginia. Loose examples rarely appear on the market.
Verner, Smith’s Virginia and its Derivatives, Derivative one, State one; Burden, The Mapping of North America, 193; Van der Krogt, Koeman’s Atlantes Neerlandici, I, pps. 35-37, 123-127
Inventory No. 8668