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Virginia and Maryland

Origin: Europe, England, London
To the neat lines: 4 5/8" x 5 5/8"
Black and white line engraving with period color
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 2017-87
Cartouche reads: "VIRGINIA / and / MARYLAND / By I Seller. / A Elizabeth / B Lower Norfolk / C Northampton"
Label:John Seller, hydrographer to the King of England, decided to chas in on the success of smaller atlases like that of Robert Morden (see 2017-87 for an example) and published a smaller scale version of his" Atlas Maritimus," first published in 1675 (see 2017-85). Due to size constraints, Seller was able to name all place names that appear in Morden's map of Virginia (2017-86) except for three counties: Elizabeth, Lower Norfolk, and Northampton Counties. These appear in a clever extension of the cartouche.

This copy published in William C. Wooldridge, Mapping Virginia: From the Age of Exploration to the Civil War (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012), #77, p. 85.