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Auction 100, Lot 475

"Boavista", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: South America

Period: 1673 (published)

Publication: Die Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld

Color: Black & White

13.4 x 10.1 inches
34 x 25.7 cm
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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.

Fine view of the Dutch settlement, established in 1643.


Condition: A

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

Estimate: $130 - $170

Sold for: $95

Closed on 9/12/2002