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DE BRY, Theodor (1528-1598) - Thomas HARIOT (1560-1621); and John WHITE (fl. 1585-593)
[Hariot's Virginia] Wunderbarliche, doch Warhafftige Erklärung, von der Gelegenheit und Sitten der Wilden in Virginia ... Erstlich in Engelländischer Sprach beschrieben durch Thomam Hariot
Frankfurt: Johann Wechel for Theodor de Bry and Sigismund Feirabend, 1590. Folio. (13 1/8 x 9 inches). Title page to text with two pasted on paper panels bearing the title and publishing details in German, all within an engraved surround (as issued), letterpress title to plates, engraved arms on dedication leaf, blank D6, colophon leaf F5, blank D6. 1 double-page engraved map of Virginia [Burden 76, state 2], 1 engraved plate of Adam and Eve (first state with inscription "Iodocus a Winghe in / / Theodore de Bry fe", 27 engraved plates after John White (including 5 plates of Picts), all finely hand-coloured by a contemporary hand. Expertly bound to style in 18th-century French red morocco, covers with triple gilt fillet border, spine in seven compartments with raised bands, the bands highlighted with gilt hatching, lettered in the second compartment, the others with repeat decoration of small tools around a central flower-spray tool, marbled endpapers, red stained edges. A fine contemporary hand- coloured copy of the De Bry first edition in German of Hariot's Virginia: the first eyewitness pictorial record of the American southeast and the first illustrated account wholly dedicated to any portion of what is now the United States. Copies with contemporary hand-colouring are of the utmost rarity and were no doubt intended for the highest echelons of society, either as commissions or gifts. The publication of this work by De Bry launched what would later become known as his Grand Voyages. It is without question the most important of the series both in terms of contemporary … [Click Below for Full Description]
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