Auction 126, Lot 425

"Callao de Lima", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: Lima, Peru

Period: 1671 (circa)


Color: Black & White

13.8 x 11.3 inches
35.1 x 28.7 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.

This great view illustrates the defeat of the Peruvian Fleet by the Dutch admiral, Joris van Speilbergen, off the coast of Peru in 1615. The legend at upper left identifies the buildings onshore, and ships as to whether they are Spanish or Dutch.


Condition: A

A sharp impression with slight toning.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $230

Closed on 12/3/2008