"Ostium Flumines Paraybae", Montanus, Arnoldus
Subject: Eastern 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
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.
This is the entrance to the Paraiba river in Brazil with a nice view of Castle Margareta on the Brazilian coast. The busy scene is filled with fishermen, shepherds and merchants loading their wagons.
A dark impression on watermarked paper with superb color and a hint of toning along the centerfold.