Auction 139, Lot 302

"[Moli Hispanos Aggrediuntur…]", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Costa Rica

Period: 1595 (circa)


Color: Black & White

7.5 x 6 inches
19.1 x 15.2 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.

In the mountainous district of Chirripo, the Indians attacked the Spanish. Diego Gutierrez, governor of Costa Rica, was the first of many Spanish to be killed while the remaining troops were forced to retreat. The Indians pursued them but when reinforcements arrived under the leadership of Alonso de Pisa, they retreated into the forest. Benzoni, who was also involved in this battle, reported that his helmet looked like a battered saucepan but claimed it had saved his life. On a full sheet with Latin text (9.5 x 13.3").


Condition: B

There is some light scattered foxing, else good.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $110

Closed on 2/15/2012