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VIRGINIA/ et / FLORIDA

1608
Origin: Europe, Netherlands, Amsterdam
Overall: OH: 6 7/8" x OW: 8 1/2"; To neat lines: 5 3/4" x 7 1/4"
Black and white line engraving with period color
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 2017-29
Title: VIRGINIA/ et / FLORIDA
Label:This map is a reduced version of VIRGINIAE/ Item et/ FLORIDAE/ Americæ Provinciarum, nova/ DESCRIPTIO. (1606) by Jocodus Hondius after Gerard Mercator (2017-28). It was published in 'Atlas Minor Gerardi Mercatoris à J. Hondio' which was a reduced version of the Mercator-Hondius atlas, 'Atlas Sive Cosmographicae Meditationes' (see 2017-28).

Gerard Mercator, the inventor of Mercator’s projection died in 1594 without publishing the entirety of his atlas. Mercator’s son and others attempted to complete the atlas, but it was Jodocus Hondius who published the atlas that would truly complete the work after he purchased Mercator’s plates in 1604. Hondius published Mercator’s atlas which was amplified by new maps by Hondius and others, with text by Petrus Montanus. The atlas and map is referred to as 'Mercator-Hondius' for this reason. This was the first edition of Mercator’s atlas to include maps of Virginia and Florida.

This copy published in William C. Wooldridge, "Mapping Virginia: From the Age of Exploration to the Civil War" (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012), #15, p. 24.