"Vera Effigies et Delineatio Insulae Ascenstio... / Warhastige Conterfactur und Furbildung, der Insel Ascension...", Bry, Theodore de
Subject: Ascension Island
Period: 1601 (circa)
Publication: Petits Voyages, Part III
Color: Hand Color
8.7 x 6 inches
22.1 x 15.2 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 handsome, boldly engraved map is derived from Linschoten's description of Ascension Island. Surrounding the island are delightful illustrations of sea life and a fleet of Portuguese ships. The sheet is completed by a beautiful compass rose and two elaborate cartouches. North is oriented to the bottom right. This map was published in Part III of De Bry's Petits Voyages, which appeared in only two editions: a German edition in 1599 and a Latin edition in 1601.
On paper with a "BB" watermark, light toning, and scattered foxing. There are small remnants of paper tape in the top corners on verso.