1599 Print of Native Javanese Vessels at Sea
XV Was es mit der Meerpforte Schiff-ftell/und der Statt Bantam…
By: Theodor de Bry
Date: 1599 (circa) Amsterdam
Dimensions: 11.75 x 8 inches (30 cm x 20.3 cm)
This is print XXVIII in his series on the city-sultanate Bantam in Java, located across the straits from Sumatra. Here de Bry shows us a variety of Javanese sea-going vessels, from simple ones manned by one or two individuals to a larger more sophisticated variety with a cabin and multiple sails.
This interesting copperplate engraved print by Theodor deBry was composed by him according to stories and illustrations of European expeditions and explorations that were being made at the end of the sixteenth century.
Theodor de Bry started his professional career as an engraver, during the three years he lived in London. De Bry became acquainted with the geographer Richard Hakluyt, whose stories of expeditions to exotic foreign lands invoked a desire in de Bry to make the discoveries known to a wider reading public. Thus most of his books were based on first-hand accounts by the explorers themselves.
Condition: This print is in B+ condition with some light foxing, most of which is in border areas. Print displays a nice, strong impression.
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