"Sinus Omnium Sanctoru", Montanus/Ogilby
Period: 1671 (published)
Color: Black & White
13.6 x 10.8 inches
34.5 x 27.4 cm
This is a superb view of Todos os Santos Bay (All Saints Bay) with Salvador da Bahia in the background. The engraving illustrates the region when the Dutch were attempting to gain control of the Portuguese colonies in Brazil and her lucrative sugar trade. In 1624 the Dutch captured and sacked the Salvador da Bahia, and held it along with other northeast ports until it was retaken by a Spanish-Portuguese fleet. The city then played a strategically vital role in the Portuguese-Brazilian resistance against the Dutch in the 1630s. This view was taken from the work of Frans Post. His works are some of the earliest European paintings of Brazil and were eagerly reproduced in print by Dutch engravers.
Sharp impression and extremely large original margins. There are a few tiny edge tears, but overall this is an extremely fine example.