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Auction 142, Lot 368

"Obsidio et Expugnatio Portus Calvi", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: Porto Calvo, Brazil

Period: 1671 (circa)

Publication: De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld

Color: Hand Color

13 x 10.7 inches
33 x 27.2 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.

Copper engraving of the Dutch fort at Porto Calvo in Alagoas, Brazil. Porto Calvo was a strategic port that changed hands several times between the Dutch and Portuguese during the early colonization of Brazil. The foreground is filled with people, carts, and farmers. Embellished with a banner-style title cartouche.


Condition: A

On watermarked paper with a printer's crease adjacent to centerfold.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $220

Closed on 11/28/2012