Catalog Archive
Auction 138, Lot 397

"Porto Rico en Amerique", Aa, Pieter van der

Subject: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Period: 1713 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

13.5 x 11 inches
34.3 x 27.9 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.

Classic early view of San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico. Galleons and other vessels approach the harbor, which is dominated by its fortress. An elegant ribbon-style cartouche fills the sky.


Condition: A

Wide margins on watermarked paper with marginal soiling. The centerfold has been reinforced on verso with Japanese tissue.

Estimate: $600 - $700

Sold for: $450

Closed on 12/7/2011