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Auction 98, Lot 431

"[Lot of 3 - Virginia]", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Exploration

Period: 1655 (published)

Publication: Newe Welt und Americanishe Historien

Color: Black & White

7 x 6 inches
17.8 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.

Lot of 3 engravings from the account of the English explorations in Virginia. Includes the variety of Native American costumes, the native method of building a dugout canoe, and English men hunting showing the rich bounty of the New World. Each engraving is approximately 7 x 6" on a full sheet of German text from the Merian edition.


Condition: A

Estimate: $350 - $400

Sold for: $325

Closed on 3/6/2002