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.
Front cover of the book.
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...]
This woodcut was at the start of a chapter. It features two mermen, I think ,holding a shield bearing an armorial crest.
A decorative letter “D” used as an initial capital (a drop capital, or drop cap) in this Dutch book from 1671.
Capital D, a decorative initial “D” used as a drop cap for the first paragraph of the text.
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...]
The image is captioned, in Latin, Viztlipuztli idolum Mexicanorum, which is, Viztlipuztli, idol of the Mexicans. The usual modern spelling appears to be Vitzlipuztli; he/it was worhipped as a god or war and conquest. The description of Vitzlipuztli differs from that of Hiotzilopochtli, but [...] [more...]
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