"Havana, Ville Capitale de l'Isle de Cuba en Amerique", Aa, Pieter van der
Subject: Havana, Cuba
Period: 1729 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
14 x 11.4 inches
35.6 x 29 cm
A splendid engraving of the bustling Cuban capital and the famous El Morro fortress. Although a somewhat imaginary and exotic concept of the city with grand churches, the lively composition depicts the importance of this well-fortified town and thriving port on the Spanish trade route. The foreground is filled with naval activity including a richly decorated galleon firing a salute. This view first appeared in Montanus' important work on the New World. Van der Aa's rare edition has an expanded title.
A dark impression with minor soiling in the wide margins and a hint of toning along the centerfold at bottom.