Catalog Archive
Auction 179, Lot 312

"[Ralph Hamor Visits Chief Powhatan] Dn. Thomas Dalenus per Secretarium Raphe Hamor adhuc Aliam Powhatanis Ambit Siliam c. 14. 15. 16.", Bry, Johann Theodore de

Subject: Virginia, Natives

Period: 1619 (published)

Publication: Americae Pars Decima...

Color: Black & White

7.4 x 5.9 inches
18.8 x 15 cm
Download High Resolution Image
(or just click on image to launch the Zoom viewer)

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 evocative engraving after a drawing by Georg Keller depicts a scene in the great chief Powhatan's village. Inspired by the marriage of Pocahontas and John Rolfe, Sir Thomas Dale desired to have Pocahontas’ sister for his wife. He dispatched Ralph Hamor to ask Powhatan for his youngest daughter's hand in marriage. The proposal is dramatized here. Powhatan refused the request as his daughter had already been promised to another chief. A hunting scene unfolds in the background. On a sheet of Latin text measuring 9.3 x 14.1". The lot includes a title page for one of the volume's sections: Icones sive Exactae et Artificiosae Delineationes...


Condition: B+

A sharp impression. There are light dampstains, numerous edge chips, and a few worm tracks well outside the engraved image at top.

Estimate: $160 - $200

Sold for: $110

Closed on 9/16/2020