Auction 124, Lot 379

"Cuzco, Totius Regni Peruvani urbs Opulentissima, ab Hispanis Occupatur", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Peru, Cuzco

Period: 1596 (circa)

Publication: Grands Voyages, Vol VI

Color: Black & White

8 x 6.7 inches
20.3 x 17 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.

A view of Pizarro and his troops invading the Peruvian town of Cuzco, which he had heard was rich in gold. The Spaniards are shown putting the Peruvians to the sword and also shooting them. On a page (12 x 9.3") with Latin text below.


Condition: B

There are a number of patched worm tracks in the view and text.

Estimate: $150 - $200


Closed on 5/7/2008