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Auction 118, Lot 469

"[Lot of 2] Havana [and] Plano de la Habana",

Subject: Cuba

Period: 1671-1902



See Description

1) Havana, by Arnoldus Montanus, circa 1671, B/W (14 x 11.5") This is a splendid engraving of the bustling Cuban capital and the famous El Morro fortress. Although a somewhat imaginary and exotic concept of the city with grand churches, the lively composition depicts the importance of this well-fortified town and thriving port on the Spanish trade route. The foreground is filled with naval activity including a richly decorated galleon firing a salute. This view was prepared for Montanus' important work on the New World, Die Nieuwe en Onbenkende Weerld. It is a sharp impression and is in fine condition.

2) Plano de la Habana Por D. Esteban T. Pichardo, 1902, printed color (37 x 28.5") This is a very uncommon folded street map of the city of Havana printed on bank note paper by the Office of Chief Engineer, City of Havana, Department of Streets. The map shows paved and unpaved streets, as well as the various types of materials such as macadam, vitrified brick, Boston block, Belgian block and wooden pavement. Some minor fold splits and one small loss on a fold at upper left, not affecting any printing.



Condition varies, see item descriptions.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $550

Closed on 3/6/2007