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Auction 135, Lot 259

"[Lot of 2 - Florida]", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: Florida

Period: 1671 (published)

Publication: Die Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld

Color: Black & White

6.5 x 5 inches
16.5 x 12.7 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.

These two engravings, each printed on full sheets of Dutch text (7.6 x 12.3"), depict the Native Americans encountered by the first European explorers in Florida.


Condition: B+

Sharp impression with some minor toning.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $230

Closed on 2/16/2011