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De Bry - "The Dutch reach Annabon (Pagalu)" Equatorial Guinea 1601 - Engraving

De Bry - "The Dutch reach Annabon (Pagalu)" Equatorial Guinea 1601 - Engraving

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"The Dutch reach Annabon in Equatorial Guinea"

-Original Copperplate Engraving

-Theodore De Bry

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

-Image 8.5 x 6 inches (22 x 15cm)

-1602 (This image is from the Latin 1st Edition)

-Good condition - some mild toning and marks to page. 

-Verso blank

This is an original plate from Part 9 of De Bry's famous set of "Grands Voyages". This part contained a description of the voyage of Sebald de Weert which attempted to reach the Spice Islands from Holland by way of the Staits of Magellan in 1598. They voyage was a failure as the ships encountered storms in the straits of Magellan and eventually had to turn back. Only 1 of the 5 ships which departed returned. The voyage however was the first to chart the Falkland Islands.

This is plate 20 from the series, depicting the Dutch reaching Annabon in the Spice Islands

The text for the plate reads:

"Eight days after leaving the mainland, the Dutch arrived at one of the Annabon islands (Pagalu), where they asked the Portuguese and Moors, who were occupying the island, if they could buy provisions with gold. The Portuguese refused them so the Dutch tried to take provisions by force. The Portuguese saw them advancing so they shot arrows at them, set fire to their houses and retreated into the hills. The Dutch laid out their sick in the church while they recuperated."

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