13 Virginia – Merian – Smith – Gottfried 209


Description: Virginia – Merian – Smith – Gottfried

Scarce German edition of Virginia
Merian, Matheus: Virginia erforschet und beschriben durch Capitain Iohan Schmidt.

Frankfurt 1655

copper engraved map; overall 32 x 38,5 cm; plate 29,5 x 36,5 cm. fold as issued; edges frayed; some minute marginal tears; paper evenly toned with some foxing and staining; top left corner repaired; o/w vg cond.

A most beautifully decorated map of Virginia, engraved by Matheus Merian who was de Bry’s son-in-law, and based on John Smith’s map, originally published in de Bry’s ‘Grand Voyages’. This map is from the German edition ‘Newe Welt und Americanische Historien’ by Ludwig Gottfried, a German geographer who worked closely with Matheus Merian.

The map with North orientated to the right, shows in great detail the Chesapeake Bay and is decorated with trees and markers for dwellings. A compass rose is within the sea; the Royal coat-of-arms are in the top right part of the map, next to a depiction of a Native. In the top left part of the map is a scene of the chief Powhatan in a longhouse with members of his tribe ‘as he presented himself to Captain Smith’.

This is a scarce map to find and is a real addition to any collection.

Burden 219, Tooley (America) p163/4 derivative 3

[ref: 3285] PS ERPP
  • Number: 1012916 (3285)
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum

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