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Auction 98, Lot 426

"[Florida]", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Exploration

Period: 1655 (published)

Publication: Newe Welt und Americanishe Historien

Color: Black & White

7.6 x 6 inches
19.3 x 15.2 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 engraving records the French discovery and naming of Port Royal. It depicts their ships anchored at the mouth of the river and an exploration party in a small boat in the river. The land is filled with turkeys, deer and an Indian village. The villagers were feasting on a small wolf and fled when they saw the explorers. Whereupon the French named the place Wolf's Point. On verso is the image of the chief Sataurioua performing a ceremony in preparation for war. On a full sheet of German text from Merian's edition.


Condition: B

Binder's trim at right neatline.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $150

Closed on 3/6/2002