"Insula D. Helenae sacra coeli clementia et aequabilitate…", Bry, Theodore de
Subject: Atlantic, St. Helena
Period: 1600 (circa)
Color: Black & White
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.
Lightly toned with a pair of small worm holes, one of which is in the image (on the island just below the ship at left).