"Arx Principi Guiljelmi", Montanus, Arnoldus
Subject: Fort William, Brazil
Period: 1671 (circa)
Publication: De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld
Color: Hand Color
14.3 x 11 inches
36.3 x 27.9 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.
Impressive view of the Dutch Fort William with its central church and strong palisades. Olinda is located on a hill in the background. Ribbon style cartouche in sky.
A dark impression on watermarked paper with superb color, marginal soiling, and a tiny chip in top left corner that has been repaired with old paper on verso.