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Auction 184, Lot 377

"[The Fantastic Landscape of El Salvador]", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: El Salvador, Animals

Period: 1655 (circa)

Publication: Newe Welt und Americanishe Historien

Color: Black & White

6.9 x 6 inches
17.5 x 15.2 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 strange engraving presents a heightened and imaginative vision of the landscape of El Salvador. The foreground is filled with a variety of wildlife, including crocodiles, leopard-like cats, snakes, armadillos, a scorpion, and much more. In the background, there are three erupting volcanos. On a sheet of German text measuring 8.1 x 13.1".


Condition: A

A dark impression with minor toning and a couple small wormholes in the margins.

Estimate: $150 - $180

Sold for: $130

Closed on 9/15/2021