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    Ex Libris Jean R. Perrette: Important Travel, Exploration & Cartography

    5 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 308

    SCHMIDEL, Ulrich. Vierte schiffart. Warhafftige historien einer wunderbaren Schiffart, welche ulrich Schmidel von Straubling, von Anno 1534, biss Anno 1554 in Americam oder Neuwewelt, bey Brasilia und Rio della Plata gethan ... Edited by Levinus Hulsius (d. 1606). Nuremberg: Levinus Hulsius, 1599.

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    SCHMIDEL, Ulrich. Vierte schiffart. Warhafftige historien einer wunderbaren Schiffart, welche ulrich Schmidel von Straubling, von Anno 1534, biss Anno 1554 in Americam oder Neuwewelt, bey Brasilia und Rio della Plata gethan ... Edited by Levinus Hulsius (d. 1606). Nuremberg: Levinus Hulsius, 1599.

    4° (187 x 142 mm). Frontispiece portrait of the author, vignette on title, 15 plates and one folding map (a few tape reinforcements along folds). (A2 with small rusthole catching one letter, O2 with small stain.) 20th-century brown morocco gilt, edges gilt, by Sangorski & Sutcliffe.

    First Hulsius edition in German. This German edition forms part IV of Hulsius's 26-volume collection of voyages, Sammlung von Sechs und Zwanzig Schiffarten, published between 1598 and 1663. Sabin notes “Celebrated collection of voyages, which was doubtless suggested by the success that had attended the publication of the series by the brothers De Bry; it is in some respects an imitation of these series, in others it is superior. A complete set exceeds in rarity a set of De Bry” (Sabin).

    “This Part contains an account of the voyage of Ulrich Schmidel, of Straubling, to Brazil and the Rio de la Plata, from 1534 to 1554. De Bry had published the narrative in Part VII. of his Great Voyages this same year, but very incorrectly, especially in the names of the places. Hulsius called attention to these errors and gave notice that his translation was based upon another copy, which he claimed to be the original, inasmuch as it contained, ‘the portrait of the author and several other prints and because I have found the several names which he mentions in the maps now extant and have found them to be correct.’ Camus, who compared the two versions, says: ‘C’est dans la seule traduction d’Hulsius qu’on peut lire et entendre le voyage de Schmidel’” (Church).

    The illustrations depict: (1) Battle between Schmidel's men and the Carenides; (2) Buenos Ayres; (3) Attack and burning of Buenos Ayres by the natives; (4) Four Tiebi Indians; (5) Natives and Europeans hunting anacondas; (6) Man and woman of the tribe of Carios; (7) Attack by natives and Europeans on the city of Lampere; (8) Battle between the natives and the Europeans; (9) Attack on the city of Corpus Christi by the natives; (10) Shipwreck; (11) Village of Sherves; (12) Europeans and Jeperi attacking the village of the Froemidiere; (13) Llama in the foreground being led with a cord by an Indian; (14) Europeans and Carios attacking a village of the Maigenos; (15) Wreck of a ship in the harbor of Cadiz.

    RARE: no copies of this edition have appeared at auction in at least 35 years, and only two copies of the Latin edition of the same year have sold in this same period. Alden & Landis 599/81; Brunet III: 368; Church 271; JCB (1919) I, p. 476; Sabin 33652, 33656.


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