Good example of the German edition of John Smith's map of Virginia which accompanied the 13th part of De Bry's Grand Voyages, published by Matheus Merian (De Bry's son-in-law). This example represents a faithful derivative of th 6th state of Smith's map, removing only a ship and a decoration around the scale. This edition is perhaps the scarcest, as the later editions often lacked the maps. Smith's map was by far the most important map of Virginia. First published in 1612, it became the prototype map of the region until Augustine Hermann's map of 1673. Because this map was bound into a book, it is rarely found in good condition. This example has a very small repaired hole and has been archivally backed to support the paper, which has cracked in a few spots and is worn along the folds. Otherwise an nice example of this highy important map.
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1627 John Smith