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Auction 164, Lot 409

"Terra Firma et Novum Regnum Granatense et Popayan", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: Panama & Northern South America

Period: 1671 (circa)

Publication: De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld

Color: Hand Color

14.3 x 11.4 inches
36.3 x 29 cm
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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.

Attractive map of the Isthmus of Panama and northwestern South America including most of present day Columbia and part of Venezuela. The map is based on the cartography of Hondius, which was in turn based on the work of Hessel Gerritsz. The decorative embellishments include numerous native figures, an armadillo, a llama, sailing ships and compass roses.


Condition: B+

A crisp impression on paper with a jester watermark, light toning, minor soiling, and archival repairs to a couple of tiny centerfold separations. Narrow side margins, as issued.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $250

Closed on 9/13/2017