Engraving of Sirinhaém from 1671
Montanus's work was perhaps the greatest illustrated book about the New World produced in the XNUMXth century.
It contained over one hundred beautifully engraved plates, views, and maps of North and South America.
The plaques vividly depict forts, festivals, occupations, Dutch fleets, battles, religious rites and customs of the native inhabitants.
This important work has been translated into German by Olivier Dapper and into English by John Ogilby.
Several of the plates were later acquired by Pierre Vander Aa.
This copper engraving shows a bustling village filled with soldiers, workmen, ox-drawn carts, and a church. A key in the lower left corner identifies four sites of interest. Ribbon style title banner. “Serinhaim”, Montanus, Ogilby
Engraving of Sirinhaém from 1671 – Historical Maps of Brazil