Rare map of Virginia, Maryland and the Chespeake region published by Pierre Vander Aa in La Galerie Agreable du Monde, in 1729.
Vander Aa's map is one of the rarest of the John Smith variant editions. Based upon the Hondius/Blaeu proto-type, the plate was first engrave by Jacob van Meurs in 1671, with significant revisions by Vander Aa for his extremely rare La Galerie Agreable du Monde.
This is the first example of the map we have offered for sale in our 20+ years in the trade (1992-2013).
Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733) was a Dutch mapmaker and publisher who printed pirated editions of foreign bestsellers and illustrated books, but is best known for his voluminous output of maps and atlases. Van der Aa was born to a German stonecutter from Holstein. Interestingly, all three van der Aa sons came to be involved in the printing business. Hildebrand was a copper engraver and Boudewyn was a printer.