John Ogilby

Artist's Biography

Siara (Ceara, Brazil).

Copper plate engraving, 1671.
11 1/8 X 13 5/8" (283 x 346 mm) plus wide margins.
Good condition. Black & white.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 33478
Price: $425.00
Publisher :
A finely engraved view of a fortified town in the state of Ceara, Brazil. Locals herd cattle and horses along the waterside and load boats with trade goods. The title is encased in a beautiful ribbon banner in the upper section of the image.

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.