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Auction 126, Lot 420

"Olinda de Phernambuco", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: Brazil

Period: 1671 (circa)


Color: Black & White

13.9 x 11.1 inches
35.3 x 28.2 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.

Splendid view of the city of Olinda in the state of Pernambucio on the northeast Atlantic coast. A large Dutch fleet fills the harbor of Pernambuco. The view depicts the Dutch capture of the city in 1630.


Condition: A

Sharp impression with toning and a few edge tears in blank margins.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $240

Closed on 12/3/2008