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De Bry - "America Retectio" 1594 - Columbus / Vespucci

De Bry - "America Retectio" 1594 - Columbus / Vespucci

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Title page "America Retectio"

-Original Copperplate Engraving

-Theodore De Bry

-Page 9.5 x 13 inches (23 x 33cm)

-1594 (This image is from the Latin 1st Edition)

-Good condition - some toning to page. Good margins. 

This is an original plate from Part 4 of De Bry's famous set of "Grands Voyages". This collection of voyages described the discovery of America and is a foundation work of early Americana. The images is based on Stradano's allegory which was published at the end of the 16th Century. This map depicts two medallion portraits of Vespucci and Columbus looking down over the Italian coastline from Livorno to Savona. The central sections shows Neptune supporting the Globe which shows the Americas from Patagonia to Greenland. Flora (Florence) and Janus (Genoa) are illustrated either side, celebrating the discoveries of the Vespucci and Columbus who were from these cities.

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