Craven County Digital History Exhibit

Blaeu. Virginiae, partis australis, et Floridae (1640) 

Accession Number TP.1958.054.001


Map: “Virginiæ, partis australis, et Floridæ …” [Virginia parts south and Florida parts west…]



Artist/ cartographer: Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-c. 1646)

Engraver: Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-c. 1646)

Printer/ publisher: Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-c. 1646)



Laid paper, ink, watercolor



[Netherlands, Amsterdam]






Paper: 17 9/16” X 21 15/16”

Plate: 15 ¼” X 20”

Image: 15 ¼” X 20”



Hand colored, engraved map showing the Atlantic coast from Chesapeake Bay to below Cape Francois and as far west as the Appalachian Mountains and Lake Norman. Title: VIRGINIÆ parties austrailis et FLORIDÆ parts orientalis interjacentiumq3 regionem NOVA DESCRIPTIO. [cartouche]  | Coat of arms of Britain [in Virginia]; coat of arms of France [in South Carolina]. Putti holding banner with scale [bottom, center right].






The map was included in Le Théâtre du Monde, ou Novvel Atlas (Amsterdami, 1638), Vol. II (1640) by Willem Janszoon Blaeu and his son Joan Willem Blaeu. The map is based on the large 1606 Mercator-Hondia map of the same area. It was copied by Jan Jansson for his Nieuwen Atlas of 1641 and appeared in several editions of Jansson’s atlases. There is no mention of Carolina, which was not named until 1663.



Amsterdam-born Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571 – c. 1646) was in business by about 1596 as an instrument maker and globe manufacturer. He later became an engraver and printer. Working with his sons Joan Willem (1596 – 1673) and Cornelius (died 1642), Blaeu produced some of the finest maps of the period. This can be seen in the quality of the engraving, the sense of design, and the beautiful cartouches. For his service to navigation, in 1633 Willem Blaeu was appointed mapmaker to the Dutch Republic.






Permission to use the photograph must be obtained in writing from Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens, New Bern, North Carolina. It must be accompanied by the caption” From the collection of Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens, New Bern, North Carolina; North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Division of Archive and History.”

Map Image:

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Images scanned by Dean Knight
Text prepared by Nancy Richards and Victor T. Jones, Jr.

Last edited: August 21, 2018

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