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Auction 157, Lot 390

"Die Inseln der Kanibalen", Montanus/Dapper

Subject: St. Martin

Period: 1673 (published)

Publication: Neue Welt ... Amerika...

Color: Hand Color

6.6 x 5.1 inches
16.8 x 13 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 sheet depicts the flora and fauna that one might find on the island of St. Martin. In the shadows at right are two natives wearing horned caps. On a full sheet of German text measuring 8.0 x 12.1". Published in the only German translation of Montanus' De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld.


Condition: A

A dark impression on a clean and bright sheet with minor marginal soiling.

Estimate: $100 - $140

Sold for: $110

Closed on 5/4/2016