Auction 139, Lot 322

"Afbeeldinge in Wat Manier de Silver Vloot Vanden Generael Pieter Pietersen Heyn Veroovert is Anno 1628", Commelin, Isaac

Subject: Cuba

Period: 1650 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

14.3 x 11 inches
36.3 x 27.9 cm

This is a superb view of the Dutch capture of a Spanish silver fleet in the Bay of Matanzas on the Cuban coast in 1628. Admiral Hein, whose portrait graces the view, captured over eleven million guilders worth of booty in gold, silver, and other trade goods without any bloodshed and set the Spanish crews off with ample supplies for a march to Havana. The captured treasure was the greatest Dutch victory in the Caribbean during the Eighty Years' War, or Dutch War of Independence. Commelin's engraving is based on a broadside by Nicolas Visscher (1628).


Condition: B+

Dark impression and attractive color. There are tissue repairs on fold separations, the one at bottom extending 1/2" into the view. There are minor printer's creases at left and right.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $210

Closed on 2/15/2012