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Auction 142, Lot 311

"Portus Acapulco", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: Acapulco, Mexico

Period: 1671 (circa)

Publication: De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld

Color: Hand Color

14 x 11.4 inches
35.6 x 29 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 attractive copper engraved view of Acapulco and its bay is a nice rendering of the town, with fortifications, outlying buildings, ships in the harbor plus others at sea as far out as the horizon. Numerous locals and Europeans are in the shadowy foreground.


Condition: B+

A nice impression with minor soiling, an abrasion at top right with neatline replaced in facsimile, and a couple of tiny edge tears that have been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $170

Closed on 11/28/2012