Auction 100, Lot 470

"Sinus Omnium Sanctoru", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: South America

Period: 1673 (published)

Publication: Die Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld

Color: Black & White

13.9 x 10.9 inches
35.3 x 27.7 cm

Montanus' work was perhaps the greatest illustrated book on the New World produced in the seventeenth century. It contained over one hundred beautifully engraved plates, views, and maps of North and South America. The plates vividly depict forts, festivals, occupations, Dutch fleets, battles, religious rites, and customs of the native inhabitants. This important work was translated into German by Olivier Dapper, and into English by John Ogilby. Several of the plates were later acquired by Pierre Vander Aa.

Distant view of San Salvador from the south with boats and ships in the foreground and a title banner in the sky. The city of Bahia or Sao Salvador, on Bahia de Todos Sanctos (the Bay of All Saints) south along the Atlantic coast from Pernambuco, was founded by the Portuguese in 1549.


Condition: A

Fine sharp impression. Very faint toning along fold, overall very good.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $250

Closed on 9/12/2002