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Auction 161, Lot 752

"[Native Market in Cartagena, Colombia]", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Prints - Native American

Period: 1655 (circa)

Publication: Newe Welt und Americanische Historien

Color: Hand Color

7.8 x 6.3 inches
19.8 x 16 cm
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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.

This engraving depicts a typical Indian market in Cartagena, Columbia. The natives can be seen exchanging fruit, vegetables, fish, spices, feathers, gold and other merchandise. On a full sheet of German text measuring 9.1 x 14.0".


Condition: B+

Watermarked with a large "D" with minor toning, a faint damp stain, and marginal soiling.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $210

Closed on 2/8/2017