de Bry, Theodore (illus).
[Frankfurt, Germany]. [Theodore de Bry]. Circa 1600.
Two wood engravings, approx 5 1/2 x 7 inches on sheets 14 x 9 inches, laid paper, text on both sides in German. Light toning and occasional spots of foxing, remains of tape at top of one sheet and sides of second sheet; overall good condition. One sheet, page numbers 395 and 396, has a bird's eye view style map (copper plate engraving) measuring 5 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches included with the text on one side of the sheet. The text describes skirmishes between Dutch, Portuguese and Indigenous forces, though the only place identified on this map is "Rio Lavero". The engraving depicts a bay open at two ends in which are four sailing ships and four row boats. On the land at left (marked A) is a skirmish with people firing guns coming ashore and being met by a group with bows and arrows. At the far end of the bay (marked C), where Rio Lavero is marked, is a group of buildings with a walled tower; across the strait is a walled castle (marked D) with a group of people waving a flag meeting another flag-waving group which has just disembarked from one of the row boats. At lower right is another group of people on shore waving a flag at a group in a row boat. At lower left of the image are what appear to be the initials "KG". This is a most attractive image with a rather fantastic landscape of steep mountainous hills and scattered trees, including palm trees. There is a compass rose at lower left. The second sheet, pages 345 and 346, has an engraving measuring 5 1/4 x 7 inches depicting European sailors coming ashore from their ships being met by indigenous people with bows and arrows. Three of these "Indians" are performing a dance in the foreground, while a couple marvel over what look like top hats from the Europeans. Anchored by the shore are four large sailing ships, while one ship appears to be beached in the background. In the text on this sheet the Rio de Plata is mentioned, suggesting that this is a view in the area of present day Argentina. Theodore de Bry was a Flemish engraver based in Frankfurt who illustrated and published accounts of European exploration and colonization of the Americas. His work was tremendously popular and published in multiple languages. Item #29865
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