"Arx Nassovii", Montanus, Arnoldus
Period: 1671 (circa)
Publication: Die Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld
Color: Hand Color
13.8 x 11.2 inches
35.1 x 28.4 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.
Attractive view of Fort Nassau in the Bahamas. In the foreground, a large ship is firing broadsides on both sides, while several smaller craft navigate the rough seas. On the shoreline, soldiers stand at attention. The view has several elements lettered and a key below the scene to identify each.
There is a printer's crease adjacent to centerfold, and a couple of short centerfold separations and tiny edge tears that have been professionally repaired.