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Auction 176, Lot 241

"[The Village of Secota with Text Page] XX. Oppidum Secota", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Eastern North Carolina, Prints Native American

Period: 1590 (circa)

Publication: Grands Voyages

Color: Hand Color

9.1 x 12.2 inches
23.1 x 31 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 crisp engraving that depicts the village of Secoton in eastern North Carolina. The scene features a dance ceremony, preparations for a feast, and hunting. Includes additional illustrations of long houses, various crops, and vegetable gardens. Theodore de Bry's initials are shown at bottom (T B) along with the plate number. Accompanied by a sheet of Latin text measuring 9.4 x 13.3".


Condition: A

A nice impression with the right side margin extended to better accommodate framing.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $1,300

Closed on 2/12/2020