Catalog Archive
Auction 102, Lot 518

"XII [Pearl banks off Cubagua]", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Exploration

Period: 1592 (circa)


Color: Black & White

7.9 x 6.5 inches
20.1 x 16.5 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.

The Spanish galleons are seen moored in the pearl banks off Cubagua, where natives are diving from canoes to find pearl oysters.


Condition: B

Wormholes and tracks in left margin of text. Light foxing throughout image and one small black ink mark on center ship.

Estimate: $100 - $140

Sold for: $80

Closed on 3/5/2003