Auction 96, Lot 485

"Abbildung der Jagten, wie sie nemlich die wilden Thiere fangen [Plate XII]", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Africa

Period: 1603 (circa)

Publication: Petits Voyages

Color: Black & White

7.2 x 5.5 inches
18.3 x 14 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.

A very early engraving depicting various methods of hunting and trapping African animals including elephants leopards deer and rabbit. German text at bottom with a key to the engraving.


Condition: B

Bit of foxing with damp stains in margins.

Estimate: $70 - $90

Sold for: $45

Closed on 9/12/2001