Auction 124, Lot 729

"[Lot of 4] Das I Contrasent eines Manns der Picten [and] Das II Contrasent einer Frawenauss den Picten [and] Das III Contrasent einer Jungfrawenauss den Picten [and] Das IV Contrasent eines andern Manns [and] soden Picten benachtbawrt", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Prints Miscellaneous

Period: 1590 (circa)

Publication: Wunderbarliche, doch warhafftige Erklärung… Wilden in Virginia…

Color: Black & White

6 x 8.8 inches
15.2 x 22.4 cm

This uncommon group of views illustrate members of the ancient Pict tribe of Britain. The first plate is that of a Pictish warrior, with an elaborately painted or tattooed nude body, clutching the decapitated head of an enemy while another head rolls at his feet. The following two plates are of the Pictish women, one older, the second her daughter, both with intricate body ornamentation, as well as weaponry. The last plate shows a man of a neighboring tribe, wearing a tunic and lacking the body decorations, with the coastline in the background. All plates have German captions at bottom.


Condition: B

Images with a few minor spots and faint manuscript page numbers that are contemporary to the engraving. Trimmed to just outside the image and text below.

Estimate: $250 - $350

Sold for: $210

Closed on 5/7/2008