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Auction 142, Lot 310

"St. Francisco de Campeche", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: San Francisco de Campeche, Mexico

Period: 1671 (circa)

Publication: De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld

Color: Hand Color

14.2 x 11.5 inches
36.1 x 29.2 cm
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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.

Large view of San Francisco de Campeche in the Yucatan with numerous warships fighting in the foreground and firing on the fort. A ribbon-style title cartouche fills the sky.


Condition: A

A nice impression on watermarked paper with minor soiling and a small chip in top blank margin that has been repaired with old paper.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 11/28/2012