Subject: Boa Vista, Brazil
Period: 1671 (circa)
Publication: America... of the New World
Color: Black & White
13.3 x 10.1 inches
33.8 x 25.7 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 fine view depicts the Dutch settlement in Boa Vista, located on the western bank of the River Branco. Today Boa Vista is the capital of the Brazilian state of Roraima. A large house on the water is the focal point of the scene, on which is inscribed Anno 1643. A key at top left identifies numerous locations.
A dark impression on a sheet that has been archivally backed with tissue to repair two small holes in unengraved areas of the image as well as several edge tears and centerfold separations confined to the blank margins. There are light mildew stains.