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Auction 98, Lot 438

"[Lot of 2 - Brazil]", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Exploration

Period: 1593 (circa)

Publication: Grands Voyages

Color: Black & White

7.5 x 6.3 inches
19.1 x 16 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.

From Part III - Von Stanten's Voyages to Brazil in 1546-1555. This is a pair of views illustrate Von Stanten's attempted escape. First shows the natives negotiating with a ship of French sailors for Von Stanten's release. Second shows Von Stanten trying to escape and swimming to a French boat. The French, who did not want to anger the natives, refused to take him aboard. Each on a full sheet of German text (both sides).


Condition: A

A couple of spots in margin with an expertly repaired corners.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $180

Closed on 3/6/2002