Catalog Archive
Auction 156, Lot 399

"I. Tamaraca", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: Itamaraca, Brazil

Period: 1671 (published)

Publication: De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld

Color: Hand Color

13.4 x 10.8 inches
34 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 fine view of Dutch Fort Oranje on the island of Itamaraca off the northeast coast Brazil. Native people and boats fills the foreground and a key at bottom identifies the important sites.


Condition: A

Excellent impression and color with a jester watermark and light printer's ink residue.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $250

Closed on 2/17/2016