Auction 103, Lot 552

"[Lot of 6] West Indies", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Exploration

Period: 1655 (published)

Publication: Newe Welt und Americanishe Historien

Color: Black & White

7.2 x 6 inches
18.3 x 15.2 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.

Six copper engraved sheets from the German edition by Matthaus Merian, De Bry's son-in-law. This set includes some great scenes of ships and the harbor at Sancto Maria, as well as a wonderful engraving of a fortified harbor and an image of the Spanish and Dutch soldiers attacking one another. Includes three untitled scenes and four titled: La Mocha, Val Parysa, Quintero, and Sancto Maria. Sizes vary slightly. One leaf is engraved on both sides, making the total actually 7 different views on six full sheets (8 x 13.3") with text.


Condition: A

Occasional scattered foxing or offsetting in text areas, but views are very good.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $325

Closed on 6/11/2003