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.
Von Erfindung Derselben durch Unterschiedliche Schiffart- c1631.
This map of St Augustine was initially produced by Batista Boazio in 1589, it shows Francis Drake capture and destruction of St Augustine in 1586. This map has been reproduced many times over until the mid XVIIIth century.
The present item was originally prepared by de Bry for inclusion in his "Grands Voyages' (1590). Its printing date is not known, but educated guess is that it was part of
the 1631 "Newe Welt und Americanische Historien…." (edited by Gottfried, publishhed by Matthaeus Merian).
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