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Item #41134 De nieuwe en onbekende weereld: of beschryving van America en 't Zuid-land, vervaetende d' oorsprong der Americaenen en Zuid-landers, gedenkwaerdige togten derwaerds, gelegendheid der vaste kusten, eilanden, steden, sterkten, dorpen, tempels, bergen, fonteinen, stroomen, huisen, de natuur van beesten, boomen, planten en vreemde gewasschen, gods-dienst en zeden, wonderlijke voorvallen, vereeuwde en nieuwe oorloogen. Arnoldus MONTANUS, c.
De nieuwe en onbekende weereld: of beschryving van America en 't Zuid-land, vervaetende d' oorsprong der Americaenen en Zuid-landers, gedenkwaerdige togten derwaerds, gelegendheid der vaste kusten, eilanden, steden, sterkten, dorpen, tempels, bergen, fonteinen, stroomen, huisen, de natuur van beesten, boomen, planten en vreemde gewasschen, gods-dienst en zeden, wonderlijke voorvallen, vereeuwde en nieuwe oorloogen.
De nieuwe en onbekende weereld: of beschryving van America en 't Zuid-land, vervaetende d' oorsprong der Americaenen en Zuid-landers, gedenkwaerdige togten derwaerds, gelegendheid der vaste kusten, eilanden, steden, sterkten, dorpen, tempels, bergen, fonteinen, stroomen, huisen, de natuur van beesten, boomen, planten en vreemde gewasschen, gods-dienst en zeden, wonderlijke voorvallen, vereeuwde en nieuwe oorloogen.
De nieuwe en onbekende weereld: of beschryving van America en 't Zuid-land, vervaetende d' oorsprong der Americaenen en Zuid-landers, gedenkwaerdige togten derwaerds, gelegendheid der vaste kusten, eilanden, steden, sterkten, dorpen, tempels, bergen, fonteinen, stroomen, huisen, de natuur van beesten, boomen, planten en vreemde gewasschen, gods-dienst en zeden, wonderlijke voorvallen, vereeuwde en nieuwe oorloogen.
De nieuwe en onbekende weereld: of beschryving van America en 't Zuid-land, vervaetende d' oorsprong der Americaenen en Zuid-landers, gedenkwaerdige togten derwaerds, gelegendheid der vaste kusten, eilanden, steden, sterkten, dorpen, tempels, bergen, fonteinen, stroomen, huisen, de natuur van beesten, boomen, planten en vreemde gewasschen, gods-dienst en zeden, wonderlijke voorvallen, vereeuwde en nieuwe oorloogen.

De nieuwe en onbekende weereld: of beschryving van America en 't Zuid-land, vervaetende d' oorsprong der Americaenen en Zuid-landers, gedenkwaerdige togten derwaerds, gelegendheid der vaste kusten, eilanden, steden, sterkten, dorpen, tempels, bergen, fonteinen, stroomen, huisen, de natuur van beesten, boomen, planten en vreemde gewasschen, gods-dienst en zeden, wonderlijke voorvallen, vereeuwde en nieuwe oorloogen.

Amsterdam: Jacob Meurs, 1671. Folio. (14 3/4 x 9 5/8 inches). Engraved allegorical additional title, [6], 585, [27] pages, large engraved folding map, 7 engraved portraits, 15 double-page engraved maps, 32 double-page or folding engraved views, 69 engravings in text.

Contemporary vellum with gilt-morocco spine label and partly preserved green silk ties

One of the most interesting of iconographic and cartographic sources of early Americana.

In the 17th century, Europe was captivated by the allure of the New World, and amidst this fervor, Dutch writer Arnoldus Montanus emerged as a prominent figure. Montanus, known for his role as a Protestant minister and headmaster of Schoonhoven's Latin School, ventured far beyond theological texts, delving into a realm of intellectual pursuits that encompassed church history, theology, the history of the Low Countries, and even the enigmatic peoples and cultures inhabiting the distant realms of the Americas and Australia. His magnum opus, the present work, remains a captivating embodiment of this era. Montanus's grand undertaking bears the striking characteristic of being crafted without the author ever setting foot in the lands he so vividly depicted. Instead, Montanus relied on the accounts of explorers and missionaries, unwittingly interweaving his narratives with a multitude of fantastical conceptions regarding the indigenous peoples and fauna that inhabited the Americas. Yet, despite these inaccuracies, "De Nieuwe en Onbehende Weereld" achieved remarkable acclaim, solidifying its place as a definitive work throughout Europe. The publishing endeavor was undertaken by Jacob van Meurs, an Amsterdam bookseller and accomplished engraver renowned for his expertise in history, geography, and travelogues. It was van Meurs who took up the mantle of publishing Montanus's opus, recognizing its significance in capturing the imaginations of readers far and wide. The book's allure was further amplified by a visual feast of 125 copper engravings, comprising folded views, plates, maps, and striking portraits of renowned explorers. Each portrait, framed meticulously in baroque borders, served as a visual ode to the heroes of discovery. Notably, the North American section of Montanus contains versions of the Blaeu map of New England and New Netherland, as well as versions of the John Smith Virginia and Carolina maps. Among the engravings in the text is one of the first engraved views of New York (the very first, the Van der Donck view, appeared twenty years earlier). There is also a detailed map of Bermuda. There are numerous engraved views of cities and scenes in Mexico and the Caribbean. Much of the second half of the volume is devoted to Brazil, where the Dutch were deeply involved for decades in the 17th century, illustrated with numerous maps and views. The large double-sheet views are excellent and much copied in later publications; but, as Church comments, "The finely executed engravings of this work are especially brilliant in this, the original edition." Howes states that the portrait of Maurits the Prince of Nassau, present herein, only appears in the first issue. The large map, credited here to "Gerardum a Schaden," as stated in Borba de Moraes, is also sometimes found as credited to "Jacobum Meursium," the publisher of the book.

Church 613; Howes M733, "b"; Asher, New Netherland 14; Sabin 50086; Servies 200; Tiele 763; Cat. NHSM I, p.263; Muller, America, 1012 'highly interesting work'; European Americana III, p. 302; Borba de Moraes p. 586 '; Phelps Stokes I:142-143 and VI:262.

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