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Auction 98, Lot 436

"[Collection of engravings - Brazil]", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Exploration

Period: 1593 (circa)

Publication: Grands Voyages

Color: Black & White

9.5 x 13.2 inches
24.1 x 33.5 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 group of eleven (11) engravings, complete with accompanying German text (pp. 93-285) is from Part III of the Grands Voyages describing Von Stanten's Voyages to Brazil in 1546-1555. Hans von Stanten was captured by the Tupinamba Indians of Brazil and held for nine months, narrowly escaping being killed and eaten. His account of their tribal customs, especially in regard to cannibalism and religious practices, is one of the most fascinating early accounts of the New World. Ten of the engravings are illustrations of Von Stanten's ordeal, including some great scenes of cannibalism, battle scenes, and ceremonies. Also includes the famous Adam and Eve plate.


Condition: B

Overall toning and a little minor foxing mostly in margins. Several pages with lower corners worn or with old repairs, but not affecting the engravings or text. Still partially bound.

Estimate: $1,800 - $1,900


Closed on 3/6/2002