Coloured map of Virginia and the surrounding region from a French edition of Blaeu’s atlas of the world entitled “Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Sive Atlas Novus”. The plate was originally engraved by Jodocus Hondius Jr. in 1618 and was subsequently purchased by Willem Blaeu in 1629, who inserted his name in place of Hondius in the publisher’s cartouche and included it in the family’s atlases during the next 40 years. Showing the discoveries of John Smith and retaining the details and orientation to the west originally shown in Smith’s 1612 map, it is decorated with a scene of the chief of the Powhatan with members of his tribe in a lodge, a Susquehanna Indian, a “Notarum Explicatio”, or key, that identifies habitation types and a large British royal coat of arms. A description of Virginia appears verso in French. The map is a strong dark impression on heavy, stable paper with ample margins in excellent condition. 37 cm x 48.5 cm