Subject: Cartagena, Colombia
Period: 1671 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
13.8 x 10.7 inches
35.1 x 27.2 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.
Excellent impression and color with wide margins, minor toning, and a few spots of foxing. There is a minor centerfold separation confined to top blank margin that has been archivally repaired.