Auction 100, Lot 472

"Arx Principis Guiljelmi", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: Brazil

Period: 1673 (published)

Publication: Die Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld

Color: Black & White

Size:
14.2 x 11 inches
36.1 x 27.9 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.

Superb engraving of the fort and busy road in the foreground. Elaborate title banner in the sky.

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Condition: A

Fine sharp impression.

Estimate: $220 - $275

Sold for: $160

Closed on 9/12/2002

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