16th century engraving of Native Americans after painting by Jacques Le Moyne

Theodor de Bry (1528-1598)

Published by Theodor de Bry (1528-1598), 1591
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16th century engraving of Native Americans after painting by Jacques Le Moyne Theodor de Bry (1528-1598) Voyages to America Frankfurt: 1591 Hand-colored copper plate engravings, after drawings by Jacques Le Moyne 12" x 9"; 23 ½" x 20" framed Theodore de Bry was born in Liege (Belgium) in 1528 to well-to-do Protestant parents. He lived in Liege until the 1560s, when he was forced to flee to Strasborg to avoid the religious persecution. To earn his living in Strasborg, de Bry opened a goldsmith shop and also worked as an engraver. In 1588, de Bry moved to Frankfurt, and it was at this point late in his life that de Bry turned his attention and considerable skill as an engraver toward illustrating and reprinting works concerning the New World of the Americas. De Bry’s landmark volume is a striking visual interpretation on 16th century Native American culture in the Southeast. Jacques Le Moyne traveled to La Florida, as the entire region was known, in 1562 with a French expedition to encourage colonization of the New World. Le Moyne lived in the Huguenot colony at Fort Caroline, compiling an extensive collection of drawings to document the daily life and ritual practices of the local Indians. The colony was destroyed by the Spaniards in 1865, but Le Moyne was able to escape with his drawings. Theodore DeBry completed these stunning engravings in Frankfurt in 1591. The images of the New World convey a strong sense of the mystery and exoticism that characterized early European notions about the New World and it’s native “savages.” These images, including scenes of hunting, farming and warfare as well as cannibalism and ritual mutilation, are still arresting and strange to a modern viewer. One can only imagine the impact of these scenes in 16th century Germany. After de Bry’s death in 1598, his publishing business in Frankfort continued to be run by his son-in-law Mathias Merian. Bookseller Inventory # L00107c

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Publisher: Theodor de Bry (1528-1598)

Publication Date: 1591

Binding: No Binding

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