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Auction 183, Lot 258

"[Spilbergen Lands at Acapulco] Aquapolque", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Acapulco, Mexico

Period: 1630 (circa)

Publication: Grands Voyages, Part XI

Color: Black & White

8.4 x 5.8 inches
21.3 x 14.7 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 engraving first appeared in Part XI of de Bry's Grands Voyages in 1620. It is a fine view of Acapulco that depicts Dutch naval officer Joris van Spilbergen's eventful arrival to the city. Spilbergen arrived with Spanish prisoners that were eventually released in exchange for provisions. In the background, two small figures can be seen waving white flags and negotiating. In the foreground is a fantastically large fish that Spilbergen's crew caught. Blank verso.


Condition: A

There is light soiling and an archivally repaired edge tear in the bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $120

Closed on 6/9/2021