By: DE BRY, Th.
Place / Date: Frankfurt, 1594,
Dimensions: 329 x 437mm.
Condition : Lower margin cut and shaving the lower border, now professionally remargined and border partly re-drawn. Very good impression and condition.
The most beautifully engraved early map of the Caribbean, including Florida and the Southeast. The map includes representations of Columbus’ ships and various notes regarding his discoveries. It appeared in Book IV of De Bry’s Grands Voyages with text by Benzoni.
De Bry’s work, more than any other illustrated text up to its time, shaped the way Europeans pictured the New World and its inhabitants during the Discovery Period.
Florida is shown flattened in the south after LeMoyne.
Two threatening sea-monsters appear in the sea, and “Carybdis Magna” or a large whirlpool is noted north of Cuba. Highly decorative, with an elaborate rococo title cartouche and floral border.
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