Theodore de Bry; 1527-1598.
De Bry, by trade an engraver established in Frankfurt, produces maps (of some disputed cartographic value) to complement his travel books. Of notice: “Grands Voyages*” devoted to the Americas, published between 1590 and 1644; and “Petits Voyages*” devoted mostly to Asia, published between 1598 and 1628.
* Today's exploration teams have powerful modern means of recording all aspects of their discoveries. But early voyagers could only rely on the abilities of a multitalented "artist" , who was tasked with mapping sea charts and lay of the new lands, document flora and fauna, record the native ways and habits, etc.
Le Moyne de Morgue was the artist travelling with Laudonnière during the establishment of Fort Caroline in Florida in 1564. De Bry used Le Moyne's observations (second volume), together with those of John White who was the artist of the first 1585 Raleigh's expedition (first volume) to compile his "Grands Voyages". He is also known to have boldly complemented other traveler notes, maps, illustrations and drawings with a few of his own creation.
Americae Pars Magis Cognita.
This important first state large map (17 ½” X 14 3/8”) of South America was published in the third volume of De Bry's "Grand Voyages". This book contains accounts of Staden's (Wahrhaftige Historia ... in der Newenwelt America gelegen, Marburg, 1557), two voyages made to Brazil, 1546 to 1548 and 1549 to 1555; and Jean de Léry's voyage to Brazil made from 1555 to 1558 (Histoire d'un voyage fait en la terre du Brésil, La Rochelle, 1578) as well as two letters by Nicolas Barré dated 1552.
The mapping of South America is based on that of Peter Martyr, 1587, and Gastaldi's map from his edition of Ptolemy, 1561. The southern part of North America is taken from Le Moyne's map of Florida (also published by De Bry), although Cuba differs substantially. Notice that the crests of Spain and France figure prominently, but no arms are shown for Portugal which now "owns" all territories east of the Treaty of Tordesillas, e.g: Brasil.
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