Auction 170, Lot 343

"St. Francisco de Campeche", Montanus/Ogilby

Subject: San Francisco de Campeche, Mexico

Period: 1671 (circa)

Publication: America... of the New World

Color: Black & White

14 x 11 inches
35.6 x 27.9 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 large view of San Francisco de Campeche in the Yucatan shows numerous warships fighting in the foreground and firing on the fort. A numbered key at the bottom identifies the important sites, and a ribbon-style title cartouche fills the sky.


Condition: B

A nice impression with several small tears along the centerfold that have been closed on verso with archival material, with a tiny amount of image loss. There is light soiling, a few spots of foxing, and additional archival repairs along the sheet edges.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $150

Closed on 11/14/2018