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Theodor De Bry

Theodor De Bry


Theodor de Bry (1528-1598) was a prominent Flemish engraver and publisher best known for his engravings of the New World. Born in Liege, de Bry hailed from the portion of Flanders then controlled by Spain. The de Brys were a family of jewelers and engravers, and young Theodor was trained in those artisanal trades.

As a Lutheran, however, his life and livelihood was threatened when the Spanish Inquisition cracked down on non-Catholics. De Bry was banished and his goods seized in 1570. He fled to Strasbourg, where he studied under the Huguenot engraver Etienne Delaune. He also traveled to Antwerp, London, and Frankfurt, where he settled with his family.

In 1590, de Bry began to publish his Les Grands Voyages, which would eventually stretch to thirty volumes released by de Bry and his two sons. The volumes contained not only important engraved images of the New World, the first many had seen of the geographic novelties, but also several important maps. He also published a collection focus on India Orientalis. Les Grands Voyages was published in German, Latin, French, and English, extending de Bry’s fame and his view of the New World.



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1655 - Das Norder Theil Des Lands Brasilien. . .

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Engraved folding map, with an inset map of the Brazilian coast at the top, and a naval battle around Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil, at the bottom. This map comes from a later abridgment of De Bry's "Grand Voyages." Johann Ludwig Gottfried (c. 1584 -...


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1655 - Hoornse Insel. Insula Horn.

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Scarce map of the bay and coast of the South Seas island of Futuna (Hoorn), from the voyage of Le Maire and Schouten. The bay shown was named after the ship Eendrachts (Unity Bay). Willem Cornelisz Schouten (1567-1625) was a navigator for the Dutch...


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1597 - Cusco urbs nobilissima et opulentissam Peruani regni . . . .

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Detailed view of the town of Cusco in Peru, then one of the largest cities in the Americas. The view shows the indigenous Inca king being carried in his elevated chair near the town center. In the foreground Inca people playing a ball game and showing...


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1598 - Nova Tabula Insularum Iavae, Sumatrae, Borneonis et Aliarum Mallaccam usquae delineata in insula Iava . . .

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Theodore De Bry's Edition of The Most Important Map of the Straits of Malacca and Vicinity published in the 16th Century Fine example of Willem Lodewijcksz's suppressed map of the region centered on the Straits of Malacca, from Part II of Theodor De...


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1612 - Solor (Sunda Islands)

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Early view of the Island of Solor in the Sunda Islands of Indonesia, from De Bry's Grand Voyages, an illustrated collection of accounts of the Americas which defined the early European picture of the New World. Around 1570, Theodorus de Bry, a...


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1631 - (V.O.C. Forts) Amboyna [and] I. Nera

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Antique engraving of two Dutch East India Company settlements in the Spice Islands: Ambon and Fort Belgica on Banda Neira. Fort Belgica was an important fort in the area for centuries, originally starting as a Portuguese installation in the 16th...


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1612 - Solor (Sunda Islands)

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Early view of the Island of Solor in the Sunda Islands of Indonesia, from De Bry's Grand Voyages, an illustrated collection of accounts of the Americas which defined the early European picture of the New World. Around 1570, Theodorus de Bry, a...


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1612 - Macjan (and) Ins:Baetjan (Moluccas)

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Early view of two islands in the Moluccas, from De Bry's Grand Voyages, an illustrated collection of accounts of the Americas which defined the early European picture of the New World. Around 1570, Theodorus de Bry, a Protestant, fled religious...


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1603 - Isola del Principe

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Early image of Sao Tome and Principe, off the coast of West Africa, from the De Bry edition of Olivier Van Noort's Description du Penible Voyage Faict entour de l'Univers ou Globe Terrestre, published by Cornelis Claes in 1602. Van Noort's map,...


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1631 - [The Spanish fleet in the Ladrone Islands]

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Antique engraving of the Spanish fleet interacting with Polynesian outriggers and sailing vessels in the vicinity of Guam. The engraving was page 475 from Newe Welt und Americanische Historien by Johann Ludwig Gottfried, published by Mattaeus Merian,...