Auction 173, Lot 134

"[Collecting Supplies for the Storehouse] Wie sie ir Wildpret / Fisch und Andere Jarliche Speisz Einbringen", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Florida, Natives

Period: 1591 (circa)

Publication: Grand Voyages

Color: Black & White

8.2 x 5.9 inches
20.8 x 15 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 scene shows natives (hermaphrodites) transporting a variety of fish, game, fruits and vegetables to their tribe's storehouse. These goods were only to be consumed in case of emergency, and food would be taken based upon tribe rank. On a sheet of German text measuring 9.2 x 13.1".


Condition: B+

A crisp impression with some minor soiling along the sheet edges.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $100

Closed on 6/5/2019