The New World (page 1/2)

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[picture: Front cover, Description of 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.

Title: The New World

Author: Montanus, Arnoldus

City: Amsterdam

Date: 1671

Total items: 11

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[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: 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: Vitzlipuztli, God of the Mexicans]

Vitzlipuztli, God of the Mexicans

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...] [$]

[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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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.


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