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Auction 94, Lot 420

"Plate II", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Florida

Period: 1603 (circa)

Publication: Grand Voyages, Part II

Color: Black & White

8.3 x 5.9 inches
21.1 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 scene is from the first French exploration in Florida. They are seen entering the mouth of the River May where they are greeted by a group of Indians at their village. A large whale is shown at the mouth of the river.


Condition: A

A few marginal defects, image very crisp and clean.

Estimate: $375 - $425

Sold for: $275

Closed on 3/7/2001