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Auction 186, Lot 365


"[The English Are Attacked on Saint Lucia]", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: St. Lucia

Period: 1655 (published)

Publication: Newe Welt und Americanishe Historien

Color: Black & White

6.8 x 5.9 inches
17.3 x 15 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 shows the English being attacked by native Caribs with bows and arrows on St. Lucia. The English were part of a voyage destined for Guiana in 1605 aboard the Oliphe Blossome, which had blown off course and landed them in St. Lucia. On a sheet of German text measuring 8.1 x 13.5".


Condition: B+

A dark impression on a lightly toned sheet.

Estimate: $60 - $80

Sold for: $150

Closed on 2/9/2022