Theodore de Bry; 1527-1598.
Theodore de Bry, born in Liege, hailed from the portion of Flanders then controlled by Spain. The de Brys were a family of jewelers and engravers, and young Theodore 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 till 1644. 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 "Les Petits Voyages" between 1598 and 1628, were devoted mostly to Asia. Les Grands Voyages was published in German, Latin, French, and English.
Upon his demise, his son then his publisher (Johann Ludvig Gottfried) took over his business and continued reproducing most of his works.
Floridæ Americæ Provinciæ.... c1591.
This rare map (17 3/4" X 14 3/4") was originally designed in 1564 By Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues to illustrate the René de La Londonnière attempt at settling Florida by establishing a stronghold at Fort Caroline (present day Jacksonville).
De Bry acquired the original from Le Moyne's widow, to incorporate it in volume II his "Les Grands Voyages". The date of its printing is unknown since it was
reissued many times over.
Notice Charlefort (Portus Regalis on Parris Island, established in 1562 by Jean Ribault, abandonned in 1563), Carolina (Fort Caroline established in 1564 by René Goulaine de la Laudonnière, destroyed by the Spaniards in 1565). Notice also how Cuba has been widely colonized in less than a century of Spanish presence on the island.
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