"Fluvius Grandis", Barlaeus, Caspar
Subject: Natal, Brazil
Period: 1647 (circa)
Publication: Rerum per Octennium in Brasilia
Color: Hand Color
20 x 13.7 inches
50.8 x 34.8 cm
This finely engraved view depicts Fort Ceulen (also known as Fort of the Tres Reis Magos) along the Potengi River in today's Natal. In the foreground, Dutch soldiers oversee natives unloading goods from a small canoe. The ribbon-banner cartouche features a coat of arms with an ostrich emblem. This engraving was published in Caspar Barlaeus' Rerum per Octennium in Brasilia, which followed Count Johan Maurits van Nassau's journey in Brazil between 1636-1644.
A nice impression on a bright sheet with professional repairs to centerfold separations at top and bottom and to a couple of tiny edge tears.