"Arx Principi Guiljelmi", Montanus/Ogilby
Subject: Fort William, Brazil
Period: 1671 (circa)
Publication: America... of the New World
Color: Black & White
14.1 x 10.9 inches
35.8 x 27.7 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 impressive view presents a detailed look at the Dutch Fort William, with its central church and strong palisades. Olinda is located on a hill in the background. A ribbon style cartouche floats in the sky above the scene.
A crisp impression on a sheet that has been archivally backed with tissue to repair several tears in the image, the longest of which measures about 7". There is light staining and surface soiling.