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3 October 2006
[MERCATOR, Gerard (1512-94)]. Virginiae Item et Floridae. Americae Provinciarum, nova Descriptio. [Amsterdam: J. Hondius, c.1610]. Hand-coloured engraved map of Virginia and Florida, title cartouche incorporating 2 town views, native figures including 4 fishermen in a boat, galleons and sea-monsters, Latin text on verso, 337 x 482mm. Phillips p.977.
"Though this map by Hondius is based is based on two earlier maps ... subsequent cartographers usually followed this work rather than the earlier maps. It thus became the most important type of map until the Ogilby-Moxon 'Description of Carolina' ca. 1672; and its influence, both direct and indirect, extends into the middle of the eighteenth century" (Cumming, pp.129-30).
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