Auction 135, Lot 348

"Insulae Americanae in Oceano Septentrionali, cum Terris Adiacentibus", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean

Period: 1671 (published)

Publication: De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld…

Color: Hand Color

Size:
14.2 x 11.2 inches
36.1 x 28.4 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 is the first state of this outstanding map of the West Indies that also incorporates the eastern coast of North America from the Chesapeake Bay through the Gulf of Mexico, Central America and the northern coast of South America. The cartography is based on Hessel Gerritsz' chart of 1631 and Blaeu's map of 1634. The scenic title cartouche fills the North American continent and an equally graphic scale of miles cartouche fills the interior of South America, each surrounded by Native Americans and European merchants. The seas are embellished with rhumb lines, ships and compass roses.

References: Burden #414.

Condition: A

Sharp impression and fine old color. Narrow but adequate side margins, as issued.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $950

Closed on 2/16/2011

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