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Auction 174, Lot 333

"Cartagena", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: Cartagena, Colombia

Period: 1671 (circa)

Publication: Die Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld

Color: Black & White

13.8 x 10.7 inches
35.1 x 27.2 cm
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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 striking view of Cartagena showing a variety of ships coming into the fortified harbor, and an interesting artillery tower to the right.

References: Kapp (MCC-77) #20.

Condition: B

A nice impression on paper with a jester watermark, moderate toning and foxing. There are old tape stains and two chips along the edges of the sheet, all confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $150

Closed on 9/11/2019