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Auction 102, Lot 517

"[Lot of 2] XIV and XVI [Guinea]", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Exploration

Period: 1592 (circa)


Color: Black & White

7 x 5.5 inches
17.8 x 14 cm

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.

XIV shows the agriculture and various plant species with a group of native seated around a campfire. XVI depicts the ceremony following the election of a nobleman.


Condition: B

Some scattered foxing.

Estimate: $70 - $90

Sold for: $50

Closed on 3/5/2003