John Ogilby

Artist's Biography


Copper plate engraving, 1671
11 3/8 x 13 7/8" (289 x 353 mm) plus wide margins.
Very good condition. Black & white.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 33472
Price: $425.00
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The general outline of South America was fairly well known to cartographers and mapmakers by the end of the sixteenth century. Following Magellan’s momentous voyage around the southern tip of South America, both the eastern and western coasts of the continent were extensively explored. A wealth of maps were produced by European publishers depicting the individual regions in South America, as well as the continent as a whole. Based on Blaeu’s map of the same title, this is an east-west oriented map of Brazil. The coastline is highly detailed with the names of towns and landowners. The principal bays and inlets are identified, as are the Indian settlements in the north. Ogilby has included a decorative cartouche in the bottom left corner of the map with a scale measure opposite it.This map 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