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Auction 99, Lot 510

"[Lot of 15 Engravings]", Bry, Theodore de

Subject: Exploration

Period: 1599 (circa)

Publication: Grand Voyages [VII and VIII]

Color: Black & White

7 x 5 inches
17.8 x 12.7 cm

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.

Group of engravings from this famous history of early voyages to America from Parts 7 & 8. Lot consists of sixteen (15) engravings showing the explorers (including Drake, Raleigh, and Cavendish) and their exploits. Includes three view/plans of various attacks on Cape Verde, Santo Domingo, and Cartagena, several scenes in the West Indies, South America, Drake in California, and one of Cavendish in the Philippines.


Condition: B

Some damp stains, mostly in margins and text.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $650

Closed on 6/12/2002