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Auction 170, Lot 3


"[Petits Voyages Part III] Dritter Theil Indiae Orientalis...", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1599 (published)


Color: Black & White

7.8 x 11.7 inches
19.8 x 29.7 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 title page includes the disbound chapter of the first edition of Part III of de Bry's Petits Voyages, chronicling the voyages of Jan Juygen van Linschoten, Cornelis de Houtman and Gerit de Veer. Linschoten and De Houtman's pioneering voyage to the East Indies from 1595-97 was instrumental in opening the spice trade to the Dutch. Gerit de Veer sailed in search of a northeast passage from 1594-96. This chapter does not include any plates, with the exception of the title page. Includes title page, preface, 223 pp. of German text.

The title page is set on an architectural structure, with East Indies natives flanking the title. At top are two archers kneeling before two fires. A vignette of a shipwreck on an iceberg appears at bottom.


Condition: B+

Light toning and foxing, with occasional soiling. There is a small repaired edge tear on the title page at top.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $140

Closed on 11/14/2018