Auction 135, Lot 324

"[Lot of 3 - Virgina]", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: Virginia

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 three engravings, each printed on full sheets of Dutch text (7.5 x 12.3"), depict the Native Americans encountered by the first European explorers in Virginia. Included is a view of Sasquesahanok, one of the principal village of the Chesapeake region.


Condition: B+

Sharp impressions with minor toning and an archival tape repair in text of village scene.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 2/16/2011