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Portus Acapulco: Montanus 1671

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  • Title: Portus Acapulco
  • Author: Arnoldus Montanus
  • Date: 1671
  • Medium: Copperplate engraving
  • Condition: Very Good - age toning, foxing, minor paper loss in margins, issued center fold
  • Inches: 14 5/8 x 12 1/4 [Paper]
  • Centimeters: 37.15 x 31.12 [Paper]
  • Product ID: 315082

View of Acapulco, Mexico. Legend in bottom margin indicates the location of various major sites in the vicinity.

Arnoldus Montanus (c.1625-1683) was a Dutch teacher and author born in Amsterdam. His works spanned various topics, including theology, Dutch history, and geography, with a particular focus on far-off lands. While he never set foot in the Americas himself, his most famous book, "De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld" (The New and Unknown World), published in 1671, offered a detailed – though not entirely accurate – description of the Americas and their inhabitants. This richly illustrated book had a significant influence on European perceptions of the New World.