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Auction 99, Lot 522

"Novum Amsterodamum [together with two engravings]", Montanus, Arnoldus

Subject: New York

Period: 1673 (published)

Publication: Die Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld

Color: Black & White

7.5 x 12 inches
19.1 x 30.5 cm

This is one of the earliest engravings of New York City. The view of the small settlement is viewed from aboard a ship in the harbor. The prominent features includes a windmill, flagstaff, church, fort and most prominently a gallows and swinging gibbet. This engraving has been attributed to two different artists: Laurens Hermansz Block who was the artist aboard the Dutch ship Lydia that visited New York in 1650; or a drawing by Augustine Herremans, ensign of the Burgher's camp in 1660. Included with the view are two engravings of a native family and a view of some incredible local animals (including a unicorn).

References: Andrews, New Amsterdam, New Orange, New York, pp 41-47.

Condition: A

Crisp impressions with overall toning and minor marginal flaws.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $600

Closed on 6/12/2002