Auction 130, Lot 257

"La Ville, le Chateau et le Village de St. Augustin, en Amerique", Aa, Pieter van der

Subject: St. Augustine, Florida

Period: 1729 (published)

Publication: La Galerie Agreable du Monde

Color: Hand Color

14 x 10.6 inches
35.6 x 26.9 cm

This fine view of St. Augustine first appeared in Montanus' description of the Americas under the title Pagus Hispanorum in Florida. Van der Aa acquired many of Montanus' plates and included them in his monumental La Galerie. The view shows the prosperous city, fort and harbor bustling with activity. Ships fill the harbor and the foreground is crowded with scenes of indigenous occupation and European visitors. The views from La Galerie Agreable du Monde are rarely seen on the market, as only 100 copies of the 66 volumes of this incredible atlas were produced.

References: Philips (A) #3485.

Condition: A+

Estimate: $850 - $1,000

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 12/2/2009