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Bry, Theodor de, 1528-1598.

Wunderbarliche, doch warhaftige Erklärung, von der Gelegenheit und Sitten der Wilden in Virginia ...

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America. German

Franckfort am Mayn : Gedruckt bey J. Wechel : 1590[-1630]
Physical Description:
14 parts : ill., maps, plans, ports. ; 36 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
G159 .B79 1590+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Title and imprint from part 1.
The set is commonly known by the title Great voyages (or Grands voyages).
Parts 1-6 were published by Theodore de Bry (1528-1598). After his death, the series was continued by his widow and two sons, Johann Theodor de Bry and Johann Israel de Bry, who together published parts 7-9. After Johann Israel's death (1611), Johann Theodor was responsible for parts 10 and 11. The final parts (12-14) were published by Matthaeus Merian. Cf. Church.
The present German edition was published simultaneously with a Latin edition. See Church (v. 1, p. 319) for a "Table exhibiting the several editions and issues of the Great voyages of de Bry," including both the Latin and the German editions. Part 1 was also issued in French and English editions.
Part 1, with the text of Thomas Hariot's Briefe and true report of the new found land of Virginia, includes engravings after drawings by John White. His portrayals of North American Indians were instrumental in fixing the European image of America; they were copied countless times for next 200 years and used to illustrate other accounts of the New World (Cf. Hulton, Paul. America, 1585 : the complete drawings of John White, 1984). Part 1 also includes several engravings after watercolors by Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, depicting early inhabitants of Britain, including a "yonge dowgter of the Pictes" (now in the collection of the Yale Center for British Art).
Selected exhibitions: "Paul Mellon's Legacy: A Passion for British Art" (Yale Center for British Art, 18 April-29 July, 2007); "Wilde Americk: Discovery and Exploration of the New World" (Yale Center for British Art, 27 September-30 December, 2001).
Church, E.D. Catalogue of books relating to the discovery and early history of North and South America, 176, etc.
BAC: British Art Center copy is complete, with all the maps and plates. Bound in later brown cloth. From the library of Mary Cecil Frankland, 16th Baroness Zouche. Collated in 1949 by Henry Stevens, whose detailed typescript description (together with that of the Petits Voyages) is included herewith (Suppl. volume). As noted in the Stevens collation, the BAC copy is a mixture of the second and first editions, as follows: Parts 1-5, 2nd edition (1600-1613); parts 6-9, 1st edition (1597-1601); parts 10-14 (1st, i.e. sole edition). Furter details on issue, variation, etc., are available in the Stevens collation.
Subject Terms:
America -- Discovery and exploration -- Early works to 1800.
Cavendish, Thomas, 1560-1592 -- Travel -- America.
Drake, Francis, Sir, 1540?-1596 -- Travel -- America.
Indians of North America -- Early works to 1800.
Indians of South America -- Early works to 1800.
Latin America -- Discovery and exploration -- Early works to 1800.
Raleigh, Walter, Sir, 1552?-1618 -- Travel -- America.
South America -- Discovery and exploration -- Early works to 1800.
Voyages and travels -- Early works to 1800.
Voyages around the world -- Early works to 1800.
Zouche, Mary Cecil Frankland, Baroness, 1875-1965 -- Provenance.
Engravings -- 1590-1630.
Bry, Johann Theodor de, 1561-1623?
Bry, Johann Israel de, -1611.
Merian, Matthaeus, 1593-1650.
Acosta, José de, 1540-1600. Historia natural y moral de las Indias. German.
Benzoni, Girolamo, 1519- Historia del Mondo Nuovo. German.
Harriot, Thomas, 1560-1621. Briefe and true report of the new found land of Virginia. German.
Hamor, Ralph, -1626. True discourse of the present estate of Virginia. German.
Herrera y Tordesillas, Antonio de, -1625. Descripción de las Indias Occidentales. German.
Le Moyne de Morgues, Jacques, 1533?-1588. Brevis narratio. German.
Léry, Jean de, 1534-1611. Histoire d'un voyage fait en la terre du Brésil. German.
Potgieter, Barent Jansz, 1574-. Wijdloopigh verhael van tgene de vijf schepen. German.
Schmidel, Ulrich, 1510?-1579? Warhafftige und liebliche Beschreibung etlicher fürnemen indianischen Landtschafften und Insulen.
Schouten, Willem Corneliszoon, -1625. Journal ofte beschryvinghe van de wonderlicke reyse. German.
Smith, John, 1580-1631. Description of New England. German.
Staden, Hans, approximately 1525-approximately 1576. Warhaftige Historia und Beschreibung eyner Landtschafft der wilden, nacketen, grimmigen Menschfresser Leuthen in der Newenwelt America gelegen.
Le Moyne de Morgues, Jacques, 1533?-1588. Young daughter of the Picts.
White, John, active 1585-1593, ill.

  • Pt. 1. Wunderbarliche, doch warhafftige Erklärung, von der Gelegenheit vnd Sitten der Wilden in Virginia ... 1590
  • Pt. 2. Der ander Theyl, der newlich erfundenen Landtschafft Americae, von dreyen Schiffahrten, so die Frantzosen in Floridam ... gethan ... 1591
  • Pt. 3. Dritte Buch Americae, darinn Brasilia durch Johann Staden auss eigener Erfahrung in teutsch beschrieben ... 1593
  • Pt. 4. Das vierdte Buch von der Neuwen Welt, Oder Neuwe vnd gründtliche Historien, von dem Nidergängischen Indien, so von Christophoro Columbo im Jar 1492 erstlich erfunden ... 1594
  • Pt. 5. Americae das fünffte Buch, vol schöner vnerhörter Historien, auss dem andern Theil Ioannis Benzonis gezogen ... 1595
  • Pt. 6. Das sechste Theil der Neuwen Welt. Oder Der Historien Hieron. Benzo ... 1597
  • Pt. 7. Das VII Theil America. Warhafftige vnnd liebliche Beschreibung etlicher fürnemmen indianischen Landschafften vnd Insulen ... 1597.
  • Pt. 8. Americae achter Theil, in welchem erstlich beschrieben wirt das ... Königreich Guiana ... Item, eine kurtze Beschreibung der vmbliegenden Landtschafften ... 1599
  • Pt. 9. Neundter vnd letzter Theil Americae, darin[n] gehandelt wird, von Gelegenheit der Elementen, Natur ... der Newen Welt ... 1601
  • Pt. 10. Zehender Theil Americae darinnen zubefinden: Erstlich, Zwo Schiffarten Herrn Americi Vesputii vnter König Ferninando in Castilien vollbracht ... 1618
  • Pt. 11. Historische Beschreibung, der wunderbarlichen Reyse, welche von einem Holländer, Willhelm Schouten ... ist verrichtet worden: darinnen angezeigt wird, durch was Mittel vnd Weise, er gegen Mittag, der Magellanischen Strassen, einen newen ... Weg in die Sud-See eröffnet habe ... 1619
  • Pt. 12. Zwölffter Theil der Newen Welt, das ist: Gründliche volkommene Entdeckung aller der west indianischen Landschafften, Insuln vnd Königreichen ...1623
  • Pt. 13. Dreyzehender Theil Americae, das ist: Fortsetzung der Historien von der Newen Welt ... 1628
  • Pt. 14. Vierzehender Theil americanischer Historien, inhaltend, erstlich, warhafftige Beschreibung etlicher west-indianischer Landen ... alss New Mexico, Cibola, Cinaloa, Quiuira, vnd anderer ... 1630.

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