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L'America di Johann Theodor de Bry

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Uploaded on Apr 24, 2011

Johann Theodor de Bry (Liegi, 1528 -- Francoforte sul Meno, 27 marzo 1598) è stato un editore e tipografo fiammingo che ha operato in Germania. Soggiornò a Londra tra il 1587 e il 1588, prima di stabilirsi definitivamente a Francoforte sul Meno di cui chiese la cittadinanza. Morì a Francoforte il 27 marzo 1598, all'età di settant'anni. L'attività di editore fu continuata dal genero Matthäus Merian che completò fra l'altro le edizioni dei Grandi Viaggi e dei Piccoli Viaggi che erano state interrotte da Johann Theodor de Bry nel 1590.

Theodorus de Bry was born in 1528 in Liege. Between 1585 and 1588 he lived in London, where he met the geographer Richard Hakluyt and began to collect stories and illustrations of various European explorations, most notably from Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues. In 1588, Theodorus and his family moved permanently to Frankfurt-am-Main, where he became citizen and began to plan his first publications. The most famous one is known as "The Great Travels", or "The Discovery of America". He also published the largely identical "India Orientalis-series", as well as many other illustrated works on a wide range of subjects. His books were published in the Latin language, which was the universal scholarly language of Europe at that time. They were also translated into German, English and French to reach a wider audience. In 1590 Theodorus de Bry and his sons published a new, illustrated edition of Thomas Harriot's Brief and True Report of the new found Land of Virginia about the first English settlements in North America (in modern-day North Carolina). His illustrations were based on the watercolor paintings of colonist John White. The book sold well and the next year de Bry published a new one about the first French attempts to colonize Florida. It had accounts of Jean Ribault and René de Laudonnière about the attempt to found the French colony of Fort Caroline and 43 illustrations based on paintings of Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, one of the few survivors of Fort Caroline. Jacques de Moyne had planned to publish his account of his expeditions but died 1587. According to de Bry's account, he had bought de Moyne's paintings from his widow in London and used them as a basis for the engravings.
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