SINUS OMNIUM SANCTORU (BAHIA OR SAO SALVADOR ON THE BAY OF ALL SAINTS, BRAZIL).

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John Ogilby

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Sinus Omnium Sanctoru (Bahia or Sao Salvador on the Bay of All Saints, Brazil).

Copper plate engraving, 1671.
10 7/8 x 13 3/4" (276 x 349 mm) plus wide margins.
Good condition, save for some foxing. Black & white.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 33474
Price: $500.00
Publisher :
This is a lovely impression of Ogilby’s view of Bahia, from his atlas "America." This is a lovely impression of Ogilby’s dramatic view of the Bay of All Saints in Brazil. Known as Sao Salvador, or Bahia, the town was first founded by the Portuguese in 1549. The town flourished with the development of the sugar plantations and became an important political and economic center in colonial Brazil. It was occupied briefly by the Dutch between 1624 and 1625, but was quickly reclaimed by the Portuguese. Bahia was a favorite haunt for pirates and merchant privateers who plagued the oceans around Brazil in search of rich trade ships on their way back to Europe. 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

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