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Rare 1671 Hand-Colored Map of Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Titled “Nova Virginia Tabula” by John Ogilby

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(1671) Hand-Colored Engraved Map Titled, “Nova Virginia Tabula,” by John Ogilby, London, Choice Very Fine.

This is state two, issued by Ogilby, measuring 13.9" x 11.4" and Hand-Colored. A very decorative, detailed and carefully produced Hand-Colored Engraved Map that is based on the Hondius/Blaeu version of John Smith's 1612 prototype version of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay region. It is beautifully engraved with mountains, rivers, and forests and provides a wealth of information concerning the Native American Indian villages in the region. This historical Map, which is the last of the derivatives of John Smith's 1612 Map retains the unexpected orientation to the west. It is decorated with three cartouches, including one surrounding a "Notarum Explicatio" or key, that identifies habitation types and depicts native inhabitants surrounded by a llama, long-horned goats and an animal resembling a unicorn. The title and distance scale cartouches feature putti (cherubs) and renowned for the cartouche depicting a Brazilian Indian with a llama, goat, and unicorn.
Overall a very nice impression with light toning and a couple of soft creases. There are remnants of non-archival tape both on recto and on verso that had been used to frame the map, most of which is well away from the map image with the exception of one small piece on the verso that just enters the map border (but is not visible from the recto). Ref: Burden #412; Tooley (Amer) p.168-9, plt. 76; Goss (NA) #38.

Decorative example of Ogilby's edition of Smith's map of the Virginia & Chesapeake region.

This Map is based upon the earlier maps by Hondius and Blaeu, a bit smaller, but with 3 large cartouches, one of which includes fascinating indigenous animals, including a llama and horned long haired sheep. Smith's map of the Chesapeake region was the basic prototype of all regional maps until Augustine Herman's exceedingly rare 4 sheet map published in London in 1673. Tooley notes that the map derives from the first state of the Smith map, and therefore lacks the longitude lines added in later states.

An attractive full color example of this increasingly scarce map.


Condition Description: A few minor spots and show-through from reinforcement and prior display mounting in blank margins, all being well away from the plate image and whcih would be covered when matted and framed for display. See References: Burden, P.D. #412; Tooley, R.V. (Amer) pp.168-169, pl.76; Goss, J. (N. Amer) #38.
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