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Auction 94, Lot 418

"Plate XXIX", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Brazil

Period: 1593 (circa)

Publication: Grand Voyages, Part III

Color: Black & White

7.8 x 6.4 inches
19.8 x 16.3 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.

Battle scene between the Tuppian Imbas and a force Tuppin Ikins who were friendly with the Portuguese. In the middle of the village, Hans von Staten can be seen wielding a bow and arrow as a ruse in the defense of the village (when he was actually trying to make an escape).


Condition: A

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

Estimate: $150 - $180

Sold for: $170

Closed on 3/7/2001