Auction 126, Lot 392

"Havana", Montanus/Ogilby

Subject: Havana, Cuba

Period: 1671 (circa)

Publication: America

Color: Hand Color

13.7 x 11.3 inches
34.8 x 28.7 cm

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. This example is from the English version by Ogilby.


Condition: A

Sharp impression and wide original margins. There are some minor repairs on the centerfold in the bottom margin.

Estimate: $475 - $550

Sold for: $275

Closed on 12/3/2008