I. TAMARACA. (TAMARACA ISLAND OFF BRAZIL.)

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John Ogilby

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I. Tamaraca. (Tamaraca Island off Brazil.)

Copper plate engraving, 1671
10 3/4 x 13 1/4" (273 x 336 mm) plus wide margins.
Good condition. Black & white.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 33477
Price: $425.00
Publisher :
This is a lovely view of the Dutch Forte Oranje on the island of Itamaraca in Brazil. Itamaraca was one of the first parts of Brazil to be settled by the Portuguese, and produced some the richest sugar plantations in the state of Pernambuco. Like Olinda, it was captured by the Dutch, who built an impressive fort as a safeguard against future attack. 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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