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Auction 150, Lot 321

"St. Francisco de Campeche", Montanus/Ogilby

Subject: San Francisco de Campeche, Mexico

Period: 1671 (circa)

Publication: America

Color: Hand Color

14.1 x 11.5 inches
35.8 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: B+

Attractive color with wide margins and a few tiny spots. There is an archivally repaired centerfold separation that enters 2" into image at bottom.

Estimate: $275 - $350


Closed on 9/17/2014