• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

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    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 192

    BRY, Theodor de. Das VII. Theil America. Warhafftige unnd liebliche Beschreibung etlicher fürnemmen Indianischen Landschafften... Frankfurt: Theodor de Bry, 1597.

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    BRY, Theodor de. Das VII. Theil America. Warhafftige unnd liebliche Beschreibung etlicher fürnemmen Indianischen Landschafften... Frankfurt: Theodor de Bry, 1597.

    2o (324 x 218 mm). Engraved title, half-page engraved view of a port on A3r. (Some pale browning.) Modern red morocco.

    FIRST EDITION IN GERMAN OF PART VII OF THE "GREAT VOYAGES." No plates were issued in the first edition, as they were delayed in publicaton and first appeared at the end of part VIII (first edition 1599). After 1625, they were included in part VII. This part contains an account of the voyages of Ulrich Schmidel to Brazil and Paraguay in 1535-53. He is one of the first who wrote about that part of America. The narrative was originally written in German, as it appears here for the first time. Church 191; Sabin III:54.

    [With:]

    BRY, Theodor de. Zehender Theil Americae Darinnen zubefinden: Entslich zwo Schiffarten Herrn Americi Vesputi unter König Ferdinando in Castilien vollbracht. Oppenheim: Heironymus Gallern, 1618.

    2o (339 x 220 mm). Engraved vignette on title, section title before 12 half-page engraved plates, each with letterpress head-lines and text beneath. (Lacking blanks I6 and c4, title with lower corner renewed.) Bound uniformly with the above.

    FIRST EDITION IN GERMAN OF PART TEN OF THE "GREAT VOYAGES." This part was published 16 years after part IX and is divided into three sections. The first containing the two letters of Amerigo Vespucci giving an account of his voyages to America in 1497 and 1499. They appear to have been taken from an edition of his voyages printed at Rotterdam in 1616 (Novus orbis). Second is a translation of Ralph Hamor's Virginia published in London 1615, entitled A True Discourse of the Present State of Virginia. The final section is the relation of a voyage made to New England by John Smith, originally published as A Description of New England, London, 1616. Church 196; Sabin III:56 (incorrectly calling for a map that goes with part XIII). (2)


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