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Auction 101, Lot 486

"Idolum Kiwafa", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Exploration

Period: 1605 (circa)

Publication: Grand Voyages

Color: Black & White

8.5 x 6.1 inches
21.6 x 15.5 cm
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This copper engraving is from a remarkable series of publications, illustrating voyages of discovery and travels of exploration to various parts of the world. The project was begun by Theodore de Bry of Frankfurt, in 1590 and was to continue for another 54 years. They became known collectively as the Grands Voyages (to America and the West Indies) and the Petits Voyages (to the Orient and the East Indies). De Bry died after the first six parts of the Grands Voyages were completed. The project was completed initially by his widow and two sons, Johann Theodore de Bry and Johann Israel de Bry, then by his son-in-law, Matthaus Merian in 1644.

Nice image of "The Idol of Virginia Natives" on a full sheet with a large historiated capital letter in the Latin text below. The idol is dressed with beads and much decoration.


Condition: B

Good impression on a full sheet with early watermark. A few professional repairs in lower margin and a few printer's creases at left side of image.

Estimate: $80 - $120

Sold for: $60

Closed on 12/4/2002