John Ogilby

Artist's Biography

Pagus Hispanorum in Florida. (St. Augustine.)

Copper plate engraving. 1671
Image size 10 1/2 x 13 1/4"( 26.5 x 35.2 cm).
Very good condition. Black and white.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 33421
Price: $700.00
Publisher :
This is a rich clean impression of Ogilby’s view of St. Augustine. One of the oldest cities in the U. S., St. Augustine was founded in 1565 by Pedro Menendez to protect the Spanish trade routes to the colonies. Menendez named the settlement St. Augustine, after the day of the festival of San Augustine. The first publicized plan of the city was sketched by Boazio, the artist who traveled with Sir Francis Drake, in 1586, when Drake sacked the port.

This view, which was re-engraved for Montanus and Ogilby, came from Gerrit van Schagen’s work, and depicts a fictionalized view of the town with mountains and other fanciful embellishments. 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.