"Les Indiens dans l'Hispagnole Honoroient Anciennement Leurs Idoles", Aa, Pieter van der
Subject: Prints Native American
Period: 1729 (circa)
Publication: La Galerie Agreable du Monde
Color: Black & White
12.6 x 8.4 inches
32 x 21.3 cm
This unusual copper engraving focuses on the rituals of the natives of Hispaniola. A drummer leads a line of people into a place of worship where gifts are offered to an idol with five different animal heads. The engraving is surrounded by an elaborate picture-frame border separate from the plate, as is typical for engravings from La Galerie Agreable du Monde, van der Aa's magnum opus. The work was issued in 66 parts containing over 3000 maps, town plans, and topographic prints. It was the largest picture and map book ever published. Views from La Galerie Agreable du Monde are rarely seen on the market, as only 100 copies of the 66 volumes of this incredible atlas were produced. All edges gilt.
A crisp impression with wide margins and minor toning.