Auction 93, Lot 374

"[Virginian natives]", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Virginia

Period: 1590 (circa)

Publication: Grand Voyages

Color: Black & White

7.1 x 10.2 inches
18 x 25.9 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.

From Part I concerning the first English exploits in Virginia (1584-88). Interesting scene of Virginian natives gathered around a fire, singing and shaking rattles. This was a religious rite performed after their return from battle or some other dangerous adventure. Engraved by de Bry with his initials in the plate.


Condition: A+

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $140

Closed on 12/6/2000