"I. Tamaraca", Montanus/Ogilby
Subject: Itamaraca, Brazil
Period: 1671 (circa)
Publication: America... of the New World
Color: Black & White
13.4 x 10.8 inches
34 x 27.4 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.
This fine view shows the Dutch Fort Oranje on the island of Itamaraca, off the northeast coast of Brazil. Native people and boats fill the foreground, and a key at bottom identifies the important sites. A ribbon-style title cartouche flies over the fort.
A dark impression on a sheet that has been archivally backed with tissue to repair a number of tears in the image due primarily to water damage. There is only minor image loss along with light staining and soiling.