Auction 162, Lot 748

"Wie sie Goldt in den Bachen/ so auss dem Gebirge Apalatcy Fliessen/ Suchen", Bry, Johann Theodore de

Subject: Prints Native American

Period: 1600 (circa)

Publication: Grands Voyages, Part II

Color: Black & White

Size:
8.4 x 6.1 inches
21.3 x 15.5 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.

This engraving shows how the Native Indians would collect gold, silver, and copper from the rivers that flowed from the Apalatcy (Appalachian) mountains. The Indians would make channels in the rivers that would fill with sand, and then collect the sand in baskets using hollow reeds, and transport the baskets down the May river. On a full sheet of German text measuring 9.5 x 13.3".

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Condition: A

A clean and bright example with tiny chips and tears along the edges of the sheet, well away from the image.

Estimate: $240 - $300

Sold for: $180

Closed on 4/26/2017

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