John Ogilby

Artist's Biography

Vetus Mexico.

Copper plate engraving, 1671
Image size 11 1/4 x 13 3/4" (286 x 350 mm) plus margins.
Good condition.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 11299
Price: $675.00
Publisher : Published by Ogilby, White Fryers, London.
A finely detailed view of the city of Mexico at the time of the Spanish conquest. Constructed on an island in the middle of a large lake, the city is connected to the surrounding countryside by a series of complicated bridges. Important buildings are identified with lettered key. This view appeared in John Ogilby’s seminal atlas "America: Being the Latest, and Most Accurate Description of the New World, published in London in 1671. Ogilby’s work is an English translation of Arnoldus Montanus’ Die Nieuwe en onbekende Weereld...", which was produced in Amsterdam earlier the same year. Considered the first encyclopedias of the Americas, both texts are richly illustrated with maps, views and portraits. With little exception, Ogilby’s work is a direct copy of Montanus’ atlas. Ogilby did expand his atlas by adding fresh material on the English colonies. Illustrated with over 122 magnificent engravings, Ogilby’s America was the most accurate compendium available of the New World. Maps