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Auction 98, Lot 430

"[Virginia]", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Exploration

Period: 1655 (published)

Publication: Newe Welt und Americanishe Historien

Color: Black & White

7.3 x 5.9 inches
18.5 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.

Scene in the great chief Powhatan's village. Sir Thomas Dale desired to have Pocahontas’ sister for his wife. He sent Ralph Hamor to ask Powhatan for his youngest daughter's hand in marriage. Unfortunately she had already been promised to another chief. Great village scene with a hunting scene in the background. On a full sheet of German text from Matthaus Merian's edition.


Condition: B

Fine impression, minor offsetting.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $120

Closed on 3/6/2002