Auction 173, Lot 135

"[Young Men in Training] Warinn sie ire Jugend Uben", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Florida, Natives

Period: 1591 (circa)

Publication: Grand Voyages

Color: Black & White

8.3 x 5.9 inches
21.1 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 interesting scene shows young natives engaged in three different training activities. In the background are two men running on a path and engaged in a footrace, while the foreground depicts archery practice and a game similar to basketball with the object of landing a ball in the basket on top of a tall pole. On a sheet of German text measuring 9.3 x 13.1".


Condition: B+

On a watermarked sheet with even light toning and some minor foxing and soiling outside of the image.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $100

Closed on 6/5/2019