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Auction 101, Lot 491

"[Set of 16 leaves]", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Exploration

Period: 1655 (published)

Publication: Newe Welt und Americanishe Historien

Color: Black & White

8 x 13.5 inches
20.3 x 34.3 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 group of leaves from Merian's edition of one of the most important early books on exploration. Seventeen images (one sheet with images on both sides) on full sheets of German text. Images of Mexico, South America, etc., including battle scenes, rituals, cannibalism, hunting, and ships. Size is for each sheet, images of various sizes, approximately 7 x 5.5".


Condition: B

Minor light toning, overall nice crisp impressions.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 12/4/2002