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Auction 168, Lot 399

Rare Spanish Bird's-Eye View of Salvador de Bahia

"La Ciudadde S. Salvador Capital del Brasil", Anon.

Subject: Salvador, Brazil

Period: 1770 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

18.5 x 12.9 inches
47 x 32.8 cm

Salvador, formerly the capital of Brazil, was a strategic port under Portuguese control. This fine copper engraving shows the walled city of Salvador with ships and boats filling the harbor in the foreground. A lettered key at bottom identifies numerous locations. This anonymous Spanish view is a larger copy of Arnoldus Montanus' view of the city, published in 1671.


Condition: B+

A nice impression with very light soiling on paper watermarked with a large initial "R."

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $550

Closed on 6/6/2018