Arnoldus Montanus

Novum Amsterodamum (New York).

Copper plate engraving 1671.
Image size 5 x 6 3/8" (12.6 x 16.2 cm) plus text.
Good condition. Black and white.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 41883
Price: $1,200.00
Publisher : Published by Jacob van Meurs, Amsterdam.
From Montanus' "De Nieuwe en Onbe kende Weereld: of Beschryving van America". This is a lovely impression of one of the earliest prints of New York. The view shows the small settlement of New Amsterdam, located on the southern tip of Manhattan. The Dutch first settled in the area in the 1620’s, at which time they purchased the island from the Indians for the staggering sum of $24. In 1664 New Amsterdam was captured by the British and renamed New York, in honor of James, the Duke of York. With the exception of the period between 1673 and 1674, when it was recaptured by the Dutch and named New Orange, New York remained under British control until the American Revolution. There is some debate as to the source of the original drawing, but it is generally accepted that it is based on a sketch by Laurens Hermansz Block, a Dutch artist who visited New York in 1650 aboard the merchant vessel Lydia. Taken from the harbor, the view depicts the settlement as it would have been in 1651. From the 1673 German translation edition. 18th-19th Century Subjects , New York City , Harbor Scenes