"St. Francisco de Campeche", Montanus/Ogilby
Subject: San Francisco de Campeche, Mexico
Period: 1671 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
14.1 x 11.5 inches
35.8 x 29.2 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.
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.
Attractive color and wide margins with light toning along centerfold.