Catalog Archive
Auction 167, Lot 204

"Nova Mexico", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: Mexico City, Mexico

Period: 1671 (circa)

Publication: De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld

Color: Hand Color

21.4 x 11.2 inches
54.4 x 28.4 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.

Dramatic panoramic view of Mexico City in the 17th century. The city is depicted as a thriving metropolis reflecting the influence of Spanish colonialism. The roads leading to the city are filled with people in various endeavors. A numbered key at bottom identifies numerous locations. Printed on two joined sheets, as issued.


Condition: B+

A nice impression on watermarked paper issued folding, now flattened, with minor creasing along the central fold and very light soiling.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $350

Closed on 3/28/2018