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Origin: Europe, Netherlands, Amsterdam
To neat lines: 5 5/8" x 7 1/2"
Black and white line engraving
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 2017-51
Upper margin: "Von Virginia. 389"
In cartouche at upper left-hand corner: "VIRGI:/ NIA./ Notar Explicatio/ Domus Regum/ Ordinairae Domus / Lucubrationes An/ glorum."
Label:This deriviative of the John Smith map of Virginia (1612) was published in Amsterdam for the German market in 1648 by Dutch mapmaker, bookseller, and publisher Johannes Janssonius (Jan Jansson, Joannes Janssonius, Jan Janszoon). It originally appeared in a German edition of Gerhard Mercator's 'Atlas Minor.' The letterpress heading reads "Von Virginia. 389" and the page includes text in German on the verso. Between 1628 and 1648, mapmakers published small, more affordable copies of the Hondius version of John Smith's map of Virginia (1612). Janssonius married the daughter of Dutch mapmaker Jocodus Hondius, Elisabeth de Hondt in 1612. In the 1630s, he formed a partnership with his brother-in-law, mapmaker Henricus Hondius.

This copy is published in William C. Wooldridge, Mapping Virginia: From the Age of Exploration to the Civil War (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012), #36, pp. 40-41.