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Auction 153, Lot 421

"Mauritiopolis", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: Mauritsstaad, Brazil

Period: 1671 (circa)

Publication: De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld

Color: Hand Color

21.4 x 10.4 inches
54.4 x 26.4 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.

Panorama of Mauritsstaad with a lively scene in the foreground of European merchants trading with the native people. Saints and putti hold aloft the title banner. Mauritsstaad, now part of Recife, was once the capital of Dutch Brazil and an extremely important center of commerce.


Condition: B+

A dark impression with attractive color and minor soiling. Issued folding with a long cut adjacent to the left-hand fold that has been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $425

Closed on 5/20/2015