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Auction 118, Lot 514

"Insula D. Helenae sacra coeli clementia et aequabilitate…", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Atlantic, St. Helena

Period: 1600 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

11.3 x 8.4 inches
28.7 x 21.3 cm

This elaborate profile view shows the small Atlantic island of St. Helena with Linschoten's fleet of ships in the foreground. The island was an important re-fueling stop for ships in the South Atlantic providing fresh water, fruit and meat to the early explorers. Two large strapwork cartouches feature the Portuguese coat-of-arms and a dedication to the Fugger family of merchants and financiers. It is further embellished with a very fine compass rose that orients the view with north in the lower left corner.


Condition: A

Some minor foxing and a couple of small holes in blank margins, well away from image.

Estimate: $275 - $325

Sold for: $475

Closed on 3/6/2007