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Auction 98, Lot 435

"[Lot of 4 - Mexico]", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Exploration

Period: 1655 (published)

Publication: Newe Welt und Americanishe Historien

Color: Black & White

7.2 x 6 inches
18.3 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.

Four sheets from the German edition issued by Matthaus Merian, De Bry's son-in-law. This set includes some great scenes including a fine view of Acapulco, a battle scene, Aztec ceremonies (including human sacrifice). Sizes vary slightly and one leaf has engravings on both sides.


Condition: A

One sheet with chipped corner, not affecting image.

Estimate: $450 - $500

Sold for: $250

Closed on 3/6/2002