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Auction 145, Lot 391

"Urbs Salvador", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: Salvador, Brazil

Period: 1671 (circa)

Publication: De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld

Color: Hand Color

13.8 x 11.3 inches
35.1 x 28.7 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.

Fine copper engraving of the walled city of Salvador with ships and boats filling the harbor in the foreground. A lettered key at top left identifies numerous locations.


Condition: A

Watermarked paper with very minor soiling and a crease in bottom right corner.

Estimate: $300 - $400


Closed on 6/12/2013