COLLECTION PEREGRINATIONUM IN INDIAM ORIENTALEM ET INDIAM OCCIDENTALEM..., Theodor De Bry
V. Franciscvs Draco CVM
[xfE136 B79 v.8 p. 62]

Theodor De Bry
COLLECTION PEREGRINATIONUM IN INDIAM ORIENTALEM ET INDIAM OCCIDENTALEM, XXV PARTIBUS, COMPREHENSAE A THEODORE, JOAN. THEODORO DE BRY, ET A MATHEO MERIAN PUBLICATAE. SER. 1. HISTORIA AMERICAE SIVE NOVI ORBIS. CONTINENS IN XIII DISTINCTIS PARTIBUS...]. Francofurti ad Moenum: M. Merian, 1590.

Theodor De Bry was the first to prepare detailed copper plate engravings of travels to the Americas that exhibited any accuracy of detail or scope.

His multi-volume publication, initiated in 1590, faced a series of publishing difficulties, including the lack of quality printing materials and the reticence of monarchs and sea captains to divulge vital navigation information.

Through the De Bry illustrations, we see the first images of American Indians as presented to much of Europe. De Bry lived to see the first six volumes of the Grandes Voyages (thirteen larger size volumes), which were followed by the Petits Voyages (twelve smaller size volumes).

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