Auction 139, Lot 358

"Ostium Flumines Paraybae", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: Brazil

Period: 1671 (circa)

Publication: Die Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld

Color: Black & White

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.

This is the entrance to the Paraiba river in Brazil with a nice view of Castle Margareta on the Brazilian coast. The busy scene is filled with fishermen, shepherds and merchants loading their wagons.


Condition: B+

Nice impression with a jester watermark on the paper. There is some very light soiling along the edges and a narrow upper margin, else very good.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $130

Closed on 2/15/2012