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Auction 174, Lot 10

"[Frontispiece]", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Frontispiece

Period: 1595 (circa)

Publication: Grands Voyages, Part IV

Color: Black & White

7.3 x 8.8 inches
18.5 x 22.4 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.

A lovely frontispiece to the fourth part of the Grand Voyages featuring seven coats of arms including Rudolf II, the Holy Roman Emperor, at center. Includes allegorical representations along the borders symbolizing peace, justice, truth, wisdom, victory and strength.


Condition: B+

A chip confined to the bottom left blank margin has been replaced with archival material. Light soiling.

Estimate: $180 - $220

Sold for: $130

Closed on 9/11/2019