"[Lot of 4] Floridiennes, qui ayant…[and] Maniere d'ensevelir…[and] Sacrifice que les Floridiens…[and] Maniere don’t les Pretres…",
Period: 1721 (dated)
Color: Black & White
8 x 12.5 inches
20.3 x 31.8 cm
Fascinating set of copper engravings describing some of the ceremonies of the native inhabitants of Florida. The scenes show the women of the tribe mourning their dead, the burial of tribal leaders and priests, the ritual of human sacrifice and animal offerings to the sun god, and how Carib priests fire up their courage. Six engraved views on four sheets. Each was engraved by B. Picart and is dated 1721.
Each have hinge tape remnants on verso, and two sheets have old paper repairs affecting the neatlines, but not the images. There is some light, scattered foxing, mainly in the margins.