Auction 170, Lot 377

"Havana", Montanus/Ogilby

Subject: Havana, Cuba

Period: 1671 (circa)

Publication: America

Color: Hand Color

13.8 x 11.4 inches
35.1 x 29 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.

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 was prepared for Montanus' important work on the New World, Die Nieuwe en Onbenkende Weerld. This example is from the English edition by Ogilby.


Condition: A

A dark impression with wide margins, a hint of toning, faint foxing, and marginal soiling.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $200

Closed on 11/14/2018