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[The Great or American Voyages in Latin]
Parts I-XII only (of 13), 12 volumes, folio. (circa 13 x 8 7/8 inches). Uniform recent dark blue straight-grained morocco gilt, covers with gilt border of double fillets and a decorative roll, spine in seven compartments with raised bands, lettered in gilt in the second, numbered in the fourth, the other compartments with repeat tooling in gilt, brown endpapers. comprising: I. [Thomas Hariot's Virginia.] Admiranda narration fida tamen, de commodis et incolarum ritibus Virginiae, …. Anglico scripta sermone a Thoma Hariot. Frankfurt: Johann Wechel, 1590. Colophon leaf F6, blank D6. Engraved title to text, letterpress title to plates, engraved arms on dedication leaf, folding engraved map of Virginia, engraved plate of Adam and Eve (the second state with inscription in the plate reading 'Iodocus a Winghe in Io. Theodore de Bry sc.'), 28 very fine engraved plates after John White (including 5 plates of Picts). First edition, mostly first issue. Church 140. II. [Jacques Le Moyne's Florida.] Brevis narratio eorum quae in Florida Americae provincia Gallis acciderunt … auctore Jacobo Le Moyne. Frankfurt: Johann Wechel, 1591. 2 engraved titles, engraved arms on dedication leaf, engraved text illustration of Noah sacrificing, double-page engraved map of Florida. Lacking blank leaf K6. First edition. Church 145. III. [Hans Stadius's Brazil.] Americae tertia pars memorabilem provinciae Brasiliae historiam continens Germanico primum sermone scriptum a Ioane Stadio. Frankfurt: Theodore de Bry, 1592. 2 engraved titles (the second title with imprint 'in officina Sigismundi Feirabendii'), engraved arms on dedication leaf, engraved plate of arms without virtues, folding engraved map of Peru and Brasil, full-page engraved text illustration of Adam and Eve (first state without 'Io.' in the inscription, see part I), 30 engraved text illustrations. Lacks final blank Qq4. First edition, second issue with de Bry imprint.. Church 149. IV. [Girolamo Benzoni's History of the New World.] Americae pars quarta sive, insignis & admiranda historia de reperta primum Occidentali India a Christophoro Columbo anno MCCCCXCII scripta ab Hieronymo Benzono. Frankfurt: Ad invistiss. Rudolphus II …, 1594. Blank leaf R6 present. 2 engraved titles, engraved text illustration of arms with virtues, double-page engraved map of West Indies, engraved text illustration of Columbus led by marine deities, engraved text illustration of world map with medallion portraits of Columbus and Vespucci, 24 engraved plates numbered in Arabic numerals within plates. Blank leaf F6 lacking. First edition, with third issue title (Church 155) but plate points of both first and second editions. Church 153. V. [Benzoni's History continued.] Americae pars quinta, nobilis & admiratione plena Hieronymi Bezoni … secunae sectionis Hi[stori]a[e] Hispanorum tum in Nigrittas servos suos, tum in Indias crudelitatem, Gallorumq[ue] pirataru[m] de Hispanis toties reportata spolia. Frankfurt: Theodore de Bry, 1595. Blank leaves l3-4 and F4. 2 engraved titles, engraved portrait of Columbus with eleven lines of text, engraved double-page map of New Spain, 22 engraved plates. First edition, second issue with both corrections in title 'Hia' and 'Invictis'. Church 156 note. VI. [Benzoni's History concluded.] Americae pars sexta, sive historiae ab Hieronymo Be[n]zono … scriptae, sectio tertia. Frankfurt: Theodore de Bry, 1596. Blank leaf G6. 2 engraved titles, double-page engraved map of Western Hemisphere with figures of Columbus, Vespucci, Magellan and Pizarro, double-page engraved view Cusco, 28 engraved plates. First edition. Church 158. VII. [Ulrich Schmidel's Brazil and Paraguay.] Americae pars VII. Verissima et iucundissima descriptio praecipuarum quarundam Indiae regionum & Insularum. Frankfurt: Theodore de Bry, 1599. Blank leaf H4. Engraved title, engraved text illustration. First edition. Church 161. VIII. [Voyages of Francis Drake, Thomas Cavendish, and Walter Raleigh.] Americae pars VIII. Continens primo, descriptionem trium itinerum … Francisci Draken … secundo … Thomae Candisch … tertio … Gualtheri Ralegh. Frankfurt: widow & sons of Theodore de Bry, 1599. e4 blank. Letterpress title to text with engraved vignette map of world showing Drakes circumnavigation, letterpress title to plates, double-page engraved map of Guiana with Latin and many German inscriptions, engraved map of the world on the verso of leaf KK4 showing Cavendish's circumnavigation, engraved map of North Atlantic on leaf Aa2, 18 plates. First edition, second issue. Church 164. IX. [Acosta's History of the New World and others.] Americae nona & postrema pars. Qua de ratione elementorum: de novi orbis natura … copiose petractatur. Frankfurt: for Mathias Becker, 1602. Leaves YY6 and dd4 blank. Letterpress title within engraved border, four letterpress section titles of which two have engraved vignettes, engraved arms on dedication leaf, engraved map of Magellan Straits, 39 engraved plates numbered I-XXV and I-XIV. First edition. Church 168. X. [Amerigo Vespucci's Voyages, Ralph Hamor's Virginia, and John Smith's Description of New England.] Americae pars decima: qua continentur, I. duae navigationes D[omi]n[i] Americi Vesputii … II. Solida narratio de moderno provinciae Virginiae … authore Raphe Hamor … III. Vera descriptio Novae Angliae … a Capitaneo Johanne Schmidt. Oppenheim: Hieronymus Gallerus, 1619. Leaf I4 blank. Letterpress title to text with engraved vignette, letterpress title to plates, 12 engraved plates. Lacking blank leaf c4. First edition, first issue. Church 170. XI. [The circumnavigations of Willem Schouten and Joris van Spilbergen.] Americae pars undecima: Seu description admirandi intineris a Guillielmo Schouten … peracti. Oppenheim: Hieronymus Gallerus, 1619. Blank leaves F6, D6 and e6. 2 letterpress titles with engraved vignettes, 2 letterpress section titles, 3 engraved maps (1 small format folding map of New Guinea, one folding map of the south Pacific, and 1 of the straits of Magellan), 29 plates. Lacking original engraved map of 'Mar di India', but present as a facsimile. First edition. Church 172. XII. [Antonio de Herrera's West Indies, More's Voyage of the Nodals to the Straits of Magellan, etc.] Novi orbis pars duodecima. Sive descriptio Indiae occidentalis, auctore Antonio de Herrera. Frankfurt: for heirs of Johann Theodore de Bry, 1624. Letterpress title with engraved border, letterpress title, double-page map of the western hemisphere, 19 engraved text illustrations, 14 engraved maps (1 double-page). Lacks initial blank leaf and blank leaf Cc8. First edition. Church 173. A magnificent set of the most famous and influential of all collections of voyages, including a particularly fine copy of the highly esteemed first part, Hariot's Virginia. The iconography disseminated through de Bry's popular compilation of travel narratives dominated the European view of the New World for more than a century after their publication. The exceptional ethnographic engravings in the first two parts are of special importance for the study of Native American life at the time of the first encroachment of Europeans. Throughout the set, however, many engravings include images of flora, fauna, and topography that provide interesting details about the way America looked in the 16th century and the way Europeans saw her.
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