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Auction 156, Lot 386

"Cartagena", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: Cartagena, Colombia

Period: 1671 (published)

Publication: De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld

Color: Hand Color

13.9 x 10.8 inches
35.3 x 27.4 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.

A striking view of Cartagena showing a variety of ships coming into the fortified harbor, and an interesting artillery tower to the right.

References: Kapp (MCC-77) #20.

Condition: A

Superb impression and color with minor printer's ink residue.

Estimate: $325 - $400

Sold for: $240

Closed on 2/17/2016