• Fine Printed Books and Manuscr auction at Christies

    Sale 2227

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    4 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 172

    BRY, Theodor de. Brevis narratio eorum quae in Florida Americae Provicia Gallis acciderunt, secunda in allam Navigatione. Frankfurt: Theodor de Bry, 1591.

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    BRY, Theodor de. Brevis narratio eorum quae in Florida Americae Provicia Gallis acciderunt, secunda in allam Navigatione. Frankfurt: Theodor de Bry, 1591.

    2o (334 x 229 mm). Collation: )(4, a-d4; A-H6 I4 K6 (lacking H6 blank). "Mendae quaedam" leaf bound at end. Engraved title, engraved arms on dedication leaf, engraved sectional title "Indorum Floridam provinciam inhabitantium eicones," engraved vignette of Noah's Arc on )(3r, 42 numbered half-page engravings above Latin letterpress descriptions, folding engraved map "Floridae Americae Provinciae recens & exactissima descriptio" (362 x 450 mm). (Title and many leaves with old marginal repairs on versos [a few on recto], a few crossing text or image, some occasional spotting, some stains.) Old calf, later blind tooling (rebacked). Provenance: Wiley R. Reynolds (letter from Argosy Book Store, 1940, mounted on pastedown).

    LE MOYNE'S DEPICTIONS OF THE FLORIDA TRIBES ARE AMONG THE BEST EARLY IMAGES OF AMERICA

    FIRST EDITION OF THE SECOND PART OF THEODOR DE BRY'S "GREAT VOYAGES." All but plates 26 and 38 in Sabin's first states (those mixed state). Jacques Le Moyne traveled with the second expedition sent out by Admiral Gaspard de Coligny to explore Florida. Le Moyne was tasked with recording and mapping as much as possible. They settled on the River May and built Carolina on the south bank. "Laudonnière proved to be a poor leader and was soon replaced by... Ribaut who, released from prison, had been sent by Coligny to take control. Shortly after the Spanish, having heard of the French presence arrived to destroy the settlement and kill all the 'heretics'. Among the few survivors were Laudonnière and le Moyne" (Burden). The influence of the map was considerable: Hondius used it for his maps of the area in 1606, "the atlas in which it occurred was Mercator's and his fame was enough to prolong its authority until the Blaeu VIRGINIAE partis australis, c. 1638" (Burden). Unlike the first part of de Bry this was only published in two languages, Latin and German. There were further editions in Latin ca 1609 and ca 1634, and in German, 1603. Adams B-2986 (incorrect collation); Alden & Landis 591/38; Arents Tobacco 40; Burden 79; Church 145; Sabin Vol. 3, pp.30ff; Schwartz & Ehrenberg, pp.64-7.


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