Nova Virginiae Tabula
"This is Henricus Hondius' derivative of John Smith's highly important map of Virginia, 1612. It is, however, drawn from his deceased brother Jodocus' version of 1618. The two has led separate careers for at least ten years and in 1629, upon the death of Jodocus, Willem Blaeu acquired a number of plates from the estate. About thirty of these formed the nucleus of Blaeu's Atlantis Appendix of 1630. This challenge to the atlas of Henricus, which was by now quite dated, stimulated fierce competition between the two houses. The sale of plates must have occurred by 2 March 1630 as a contract of that date survives where Henricus Hondius and his partner Joannes Janssonius, angry at the sale of plates to their competitor, engaged engravers to cut a number of new plates after those of Jodocus within eighteen months so that they could advance their own atlas. The Virginia was one of the first engraved as it appears in Janssonius' Atlantis Appendix of 1630. Attractively engraved it is the only Smith derivative to bear an Indian facing the Chesapeake Bay. After the death of Janssonius in 1664 the business was left to a number of different parties. It could not be divided in such a way that ensured the continued production of the various atlases. In 1694 Petrus Schenk acquired all of the Atlas Major plates at public auction from the heirs of Jansson van Waesberge, and began issuing the maps with his own imprint." (Burden)
“City of Washington : From beyond the Navy Yard.”
George Cooke; Aquatint engraving, 1834. One of the great views of the Nation's Capital. Washington is shown from the south bank of the Anacostia River. On the right is the Washington Navy Yard, est. 1799, behind is the original Capitol Building and to the left is the White House. The painter of this view is George Cooke. He and the engraver, William Bennett, teamed up to produce four folio-size views of American cities. This very rare print is in good condition, with its original color. A brother print is also at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, however it is currently not on display to the public.