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Auction 176, Lot 334

"Cartagena", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: Cartagena, Colombia

Period: 1671 (circa)

Publication: De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld

Color: Hand Color

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

There are three short tears perpendicular to the centerfold, a few tiny pinholes, and some light dampstains primarily at top and bottom. A short fold separation at bottom has been closed on verso with tape.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 2/12/2020