John Ogilby

Artist's Biography

Venezuela cum parte Australi Novae Andalusia.

Copper plate engraving, 1671
11 1/4 x 14" (286 x 356 mm) plus margins.
Good condition. Black & white.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 33491
Price: $500.00
Publisher :
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 Jansson’s map of the same title, this map is part of a series of identical charts published by the major map houses across Europe. Blaeu also did an almost identical version of this map for his "Grand Atlas." The map shows the coastline of Venezuela from Nuestra Senora de los Remedios to the mouth of the Orinoco River. The islands of Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire are shown. The Lesser Antilles is depicted in the upper section of the map as is a large decorative cartouche showing Neptune and mermaids. 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