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Auction 190, Lot 264

"Portus Acapulco", Montanus/Ogilby

Subject: Acapulco, Mexico

Period: 1671 (circa)

Publication: America

Color: Black & White

13.8 x 11.4 inches
35.1 x 29 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.

This attractive copper engraved view of Acapulco and its bay is a nice rendering of the town, with fortifications, outlying buildings, ships in the harbor plus others at sea as far out as the horizon. Numerous locals and Europeans are in the shadowy foreground.


Condition: B+

There is scattered foxing, a hint of toning, a short fold separation in the bottom margin, and a few small worm tracks in the top margin.

Estimate: $120 - $150

Sold for: $90

Closed on 11/16/2022