Auction 103, Lot 551

"[Landing in South America]", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Exploration

Period: 1600 (circa)


Color: Black & White

6.8 x 5.3 inches
17.3 x 13.5 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.

English explorers find good fresh drinking water and supplies while exploring the area. View shows sailing ships offshore disembarking sailors. Numerous natives on and offshore and in huts at beach. On a full sheet measuring 8.5" x 12.8".


Condition: B

Good, crisp impression with occasional foxing.

Estimate: $100 - $150

Sold for: $75

Closed on 6/11/2003