Auction 162, Lot 408

"Tabula Magellanica, qua Tierrae del Fuego, cum Celeberrimis Fretis a F. Magellano et I Le Maire Detectis...", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: Strait of Magellan

Period: 1671 (published)

Publication: De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld

Color: Hand Color

14.3 x 11.6 inches
36.3 x 29.5 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 is one of the most elaborately decorated maps focusing on the tip of South America with the Strait of Magellan and Le Maire Strait. Several strange creatures are shown in the interior, including rheas that are being stalked by hunters, penguins, a giant anteater and many minutely engraved natives. Numerous ships are engaged in combat in the waters off the west coast. The map is further adorned with a pair of compass roses, and four beautiful cartouches. The top two cartouches are supported by a host of putti and contain notes with keys to the map. The entire bottom of the map is decorated with the distance scale and title cartouche replete with a geographer and his globe, mermaids, putti, a river God spilling vessel with the waters of the area, and the allegorical figure of Navigation, holding a steering rudder.


Condition: A

A crisp impression on paper with a jester watermark. There are professional repairs to a number of chips confined to the blank margins, and the map has been remargined at top, with a portion of the neatline replaced in facsimile.

Estimate: $550 - $650

Sold for: $400

Closed on 4/26/2017