"Angra op Tercera", Montanus, Arnoldus
Period: 1671 (circa)
Publication: De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld
Color: Black & White
13.5 x 11.3 inches
34.3 x 28.7 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.
Bird's-eye view of the island with the city and its fortifications. Copied from Van Linschoten's view. The foreground is filled with sailing ships and boats.
Watermarked paper with faint toning, a minor printer's crease at left, and a tiny tear in the bottom blank margin that has been professionally repaired.