The New World

Some images from De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld: of beschryving van AMERICA en ’t ZUID-LAND, with text and engravings/woodcuts by Arnoldus Montanus, Amsterdam, 1671.

These engravings are from a book at the Library of Congress; I found the images (which are out of copyright) here: lcweb2.loc.gov/rbc/rbkb/0003/ – beware that the files there are 24 MBytes each, there’s some 18 Gigabytes of them, and most do not have illustrations. I have kept the same filenames, so you can download the originals if you want, from the Library of Congress. I have processed the images, cleaning them up as if they were scans (they are actually photographs, and lower resolution than I normally prefer), and am converting most of them to greyscale.

[picture: Front cover, Description of the New World]

Front cover, Description of the New World

Front cover of the book.

[picture: Title Page, Descrtion of the new World]

Title Page, Descrtion of the new World

De Nieuwe en Onbekende Weereld: of beschryving van AMERICA en ’t ZUID-LAND [more...]

[picture: Title page detail: facing the gorgon]

Title page detail: facing the gorgon

In this engraving from the title page, a two-faced woman uses a mirror to look safely at the medusa in the border of the picture. She is Prudence, trampling on Envy, a man with [...]Invidiæ Prudentia Victrix is Latin for, Prudence defeats envy, or, prudence is the victress of envy. [more...]

[picture: Heraldic chapter head]

Heraldic chapter head

This woodcut was at the start of a chapter. It features two mermen, I think ,holding a shield bearing an armorial crest.

[picture: Decorative initial (drop cap) D]

Decorative initial (drop cap) D

A decorative letter “D” used as an initial capital (a drop capital, or drop cap) in this Dutch book from 1671.

[picture: Map of the Americas]

Map of the Americas

Novissima et Accuratissima Totius Americæ Descriptio per Gerardum a Schagen. [more...]

[picture: Initial letter D from first page of text]

Initial letter D from first page of text

Capital D, a decorative initial “D” used as a drop cap for the first paragraph of the text.

[picture: First Nations Chocolatiers]

First Nations Chocolatiers

Some naked and almost-naked people making chocolate. There are llamas in the background, and cocoa-trees e.g. on the right. [more...]

[picture: Llamas in Peru]

Llamas in Peru

Llamas are being used by natives clad in loin cloths or breech-cloths, as mounts and with panniers over their backs. In the background, naked men with bow and arrow are hunting llama on the mountains. [more...]

[picture: Christofel Cololus [Christopher Columbus]]

Christofel Cololus [Christopher Columbus]

Christopher Columbus, of Christofer, or Christofel Colonus as written here, was responsible for bringing many diseases to Turtle Island, including Catholicism and rampant individualism, corporate greed and measles, in a selfish pursuit of personal riches and fame He is famous in some parts of the world for “discovering” America, although since it [...] [more...]



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