1670 America: being an accurate description of the New World
1670 America: being an accurate description of the New World

1670 America: being an accurate description of the New World

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America: being an accurate description of the New World; : containing the original of the inhabitants; the remarkable voyages thither: the conquest of the vast empires of Mexico and Peru, their ancient and later wars. With their several plantations, many, and rich islands; their cities, fortresses, towns, temples, mountains, and rivers: their habits, customs, manners, and religions; their peculiar plants, beasts, birds, and serpents.

By Arnoldus Montanus

Edited by John Ogilby. In spite of the addition of new text material, especially on British America, and the provision of three new maps (on Maryland, Jamaica and Barbados), the present version in English is basically the same work as the Dutch original, and hence Ogilby's authorship cannot be maintained. On the other hand, the attempts by various authors to accuse Ogilby of plagiarism are equally well unfounded, since a regular business relationship between Ogilby and the Dutch publisher and engraver Jacob van Meurs had been established; van Meurs supplied the leaves of plates, printed at his shop, for the present edition in English and even lent the small copper plates for the 66 text illustrations to Ogilby; only the added engraved title page was modified, to become the frontispiece, and the general map of America (facing p. 1) was re-engraved; see Schuchard and Ford