Auction 136, Lot 399

"Havana", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: Havana, Cuba

Period: 1671 (circa)

Publication: Die Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld

Color: Black & White

Size:
13.7 x 11.3 inches
34.8 x 28.7 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.

A splendid engraving of the bustling Cuban capital and the famous El Morro fortress. Although a somewhat imaginary and exotic concept of the city with grand churches, the lively composition depicts the importance of this well-fortified town and thriving port on the Spanish trade route. The foreground is filled with naval activity including a richly decorated galleon firing a salute.

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Condition: B+

A fine impression with a couple of faint stains.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $190

Closed on 6/1/2011

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