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Auction 189, Lot 338


"[The Dutch Visit Isle Mocha] La Mocha", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Isla Mocha, Chile

Period: 1620 (circa)

Publication: Grands Voyages, Part XI

Color: Black & White

7.4 x 6.1 inches
18.8 x 15.5 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 excellently engraved view depicts Joris van Spilbergen's fleet landing on Mocha Island, off the coast of Chile, on April 24, 1615. It chronicles the crew's journey to the island, where they exhanged goods with the native Mapuches and played music on the beach. In the foreground, a Mapuche man and woman stand with a Chilihueque, an extinct camelid species from the region. On a sheet of German text 8.6 x 13.1".


Condition: A

A crisp impression with a few printer's creases in the engraved image and small wormholes in the blank margins.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $41

Closed on 9/14/2022