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Auction 176, Lot 355

"Caarte vande Nieuwe Passagie Bezuyden de Strate Magellani... / Description de Nouveau Passage vers le Zud du Destroict de Magellan...", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Strait of Magellan, Tierra del Fuego

Period: 1619 (circa)

Publication: Grands Voyages, Part XI

Color: Black & White

7.9 x 6.6 inches
20.1 x 16.8 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 early map of the region depicts the tip of South America with Tierra del Fuogo, which is shown with an incomplete western coastline. It traces Jacob le Maire and Willem Cornelisz Schouten's route around Cape Horn and notes the discovery of Le Maire Strait. It includes titles in Dutch and French and two compass roses capped with fleurs-de-lis and radiating rhumb lines. On a sheet of German text measuring 8.9 x 12.5". This map was published in Volume XI of De Bry's Grand Voyages, Historische Beschreibung, der Wunderbarlichen Reyse, Welche von Einem Holländer, Willhelm Schouten…, first published in 1619.


Condition: A

A dark impression with a hint of toning.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $180

Closed on 2/12/2020