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Auction 94, Lot 416

"Plate I", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Portugal

Period: 1593 (circa)

Publication: Grand Voyages, Part III

Color: Black & White

7.7 x 6.2 inches
19.6 x 15.7 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.

A fine view of the harbor at Lisbon, from where Hans von Staden launched his famous voyage to Brazil. The lively scene shows ships being loaded and deals being made on the docks.


Condition: A

Paper replaced in bottom margin, not affecting text or image. Minor soil in margins.

Estimate: $140 - $160

Sold for: $160

Closed on 3/7/2001