"[An Old Man in His Winter Clothing] Eines Alten Manns von Pomeiooc Winterkleydung", Bry, Theodore de
Subject: Colonial Virginia, Eastern North Carolina, Natives
Period: 1590 (published)
Publication: Grands Voyages, Part I
Color: Black & White
8.6 x 6.1 inches
21.8 x 15.5 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 engraving is from a German edition of Part I of de Bry's Grands Voyages. It depicts an elder native of the Pomeiooc village draped in his traditional winter garments: a large skin lined with furs. Behind him is the village of Pomeiooc, located near present-day Mattamuskeet Lake in eastern North Carolina. The text notes how fertile the land is compared to England. On a sheet of German text measuring 8.9 x 12.5".
There is light soiling and a few small edge chips along the left sheet edge. Margin at right is trimmed to engraved image.