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Auction 115, Lot 352

"Franciscus Draco Carthagenam Civitatem Expugnat", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Colombia, Cartagena

Period: 1599 (circa)

Publication: Grand Voyages…

Color: Black & White

8.3 x 6 inches
21.1 x 15.2 cm

This early bird's-eye view of Cartagena details Sir Francis Drake's capture of the Spanish city during his famous West Indies raid of 1585-1586. Drake's fleet fills the harbor and the opposing armies are shown. An inset depicts a large iguana. De Bry's engraving is based on Baptista Boazio's original drawing of 1588, which was the first published view of the city. On a full sheet (8.8" x 12.9") with text below that identifies 20 locations on the map. Blank verso.


Condition: B

Nice example with trimming to right margin as is always the case with this map. A little soiling to text below map, else very good.

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $170

Closed on 6/21/2006