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Auction 182, Lot 425

"Arx Principis Guiljelmi", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: Olinda, Brazil

Period: 1671 (circa)


Color: Black & White

14.3 x 11 inches
36.3 x 27.9 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.

Impressive view of the Dutch Fort William on the Rio Afagados with its central church and strong palisades. Olindia is located on a hill in the background. Fort Prince William was part of the Dutch defences of Pernambuco. This detailed engraving was inspired by a 1639 painting by celebrated Dutch painter Frans Post.


Condition: B

A dark impression on paper with a jester watermark, a few small spots, and toning along the centerfold due to an on old paper repair on verso. A couple of short tears at top and bottom have been closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $120 - $150


Closed on 4/28/2021