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Auction 96, Lot 481

"[Page 13]", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Brazil

Period: 1593 (circa)

Publication: Grand Voyages, Part III

Color: Black & White

7.8 x 6.5 inches
19.8 x 16.5 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.

An interesting engraving illustrating the account of the beginning of Hans Staden's adventures in Brazil. The illustration features two galleons, native canoes and huts, and Spanish explorers. When Staden's party landed at St. Catherine's Harbour they found a crucifix erected by a Spaniard who was living with the natives. On a full sheet of German text.


Condition: A

Paper replaced in bottom right corner, not affecting text or image.

Estimate: $150 - $180

Sold for: $180

Closed on 9/12/2001