Auction 136, Lot 429

"Cartagena", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: Cartagena, Colombia

Period: 1671 (circa)

Publication: Die Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld

Color: Black & White

13.8 x 10.7 inches
35.1 x 27.2 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 striking view of Cartagena showing a variety of ships coming into the fortified harbor, and an interesting artillery tower to the right.


Condition: B+

A nice impression with light stains in bottom corners.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $160

Closed on 6/1/2011