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Auction 138, Lot 421

"Brasilia", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: Brazil

Period: 1671 (circa)

Publication: Die Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld

Color: Black & White

Size:
14 x 11.5 inches
35.6 x 29.2 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.

Excellent map of the eastern part of Brazil based on the cartography of Hessel Gerritsz and an earlier map by Blaeu. Extensive detail in coastal regions with the interior left largely blank except for some conjectural river systems. The Linea Aequinoctialis is prominently shown dividing the Spanish and Portuguese colonial claims. Richly embellished with rhumb lines, compass roses and sailing ships. European traders, Indians and putti surround the title and scale of miles cartouches.

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Condition: A

A fine impression on watermarked paper with a few minor spots in blank margins and a tiny tear in bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $220

Closed on 12/7/2011

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