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De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld: of Beschryving van America en ‘t Zuid-Land

Arnoldus Montanus Edition : First Edition. , Contemporary 17th century paneled calf, rebacked expertly with raised bands and gilt motifs. , Text is in Dutch. A scarce and fascinating book on America from the mid 17th century. The book details different aspects of ?the New World? such as towns, fortresses, cultural practices, religions, geographical details, animal life, and so on. It was published at a time when the people of Europe were captivated by the idea of ?the New World? and many wanted to find out as much as possible about what happened across the Atlantic. Some of the illustrations are a bit fanciful but nonetheless, it became a standard work in Europe and was widely read for many years. The work has notable versions of Blaeu?s maps of New England and New Netherland. It also contains versions of John Smith?s Virginia and Carolina maps. A truly fascinating feature is that the book has one of the first engraved views of New York. Church rightly observes that, "The finely executed engravings of this work are especially brilliant in this, the original edition." The original edition can also be determined, according to Howes, by the inclusion of the portrait of the Prince of Nassau. Arnoldus Montanus (c.1625?1683) was a Dutch teacher and author. He published books on theology, history, and geography of both Holland and far-away countries. His most famous book is De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld. , Size : 4to (318x205mm). , Illustrated with an engraved title page, a frontispiece portrait of John Maurice, the Prince of Nassau, 69 in-text engravings, 33 double page engravings, 4 single page engravings, a large folding map of the Americas, 15 maps, numerous woodblock initials, and vignettes. , P. Blank, engraved title page, frontispiece, 1-585, index (i-xxvii), blank. Occasional pale waterstaining, otherwise a very good example of this 17th century foundation work of the Americas
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