John Ogilby

Artist's Biography

Olinda de Phernambuco. (Pernambuco, Brazil.)

Copper plate engraving. 1671
11 1/4 x 13 3/4" (281 x 349 mm) plus wide margins.
Good condition. Black & white.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 33475
Price: $525.00
Publisher :
This is a dramatic view of the Dutch Fleet attacking the town of Olinda in Brazil. Founded by the Portuguese in 1537, Olinda is located in the Pernambuco state in eastern Brazil. Its rich sugar cane plantations made it a center for Portuguese commerce in Brazil, and one of their most prized possessions. It was captured by the Dutch in 1630 and burned to the ground, and it is this important battle that is depicted in Ogilby’s fascinating view. 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