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GOTTFRIED, J.L. / DE BRY. - [Montezuma's brother prefers death than disloyalty.]

GOTTFRIED, J.L. / DE BRY. -  [Montezuma's brother prefers death than disloyalty.]
[Montezuma's brother prefers death than disloyalty.] - GOTTFRIED, J.L. / DE BRY.
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Title : [Montezuma's brother prefers death than disloyalty.].
Map maker : GOTTFRIED, J.L. / DE BRY..
Date : Frankfurt, M.Merian, 1633.
Size : 6.4 x 7.6 inches. / 16.2 x 19.2 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :During Montezuma’s reign, many Mexicans were captured after a fierce battle with the Chalco Indians. When the Calco found out that one of their prisoners was the brother of the great Montezuma, they asked him to become their leader. He said he would answer their request from a platform, on the top of a tall tree-trunk, erected in their central square.
Thinking the prisoner was going to announce his answer in the affirmative, they erected the platform for him. After its completion, he climbed to the top and declared to the crowd that he would rather die than betray his own people.
As proof of his intention he jumped to his death when his speech was over

In 1631 Johann Ludwig Gottfried, inherited the Theodor De Bry’s publishing firm, among the illustrated accounts of the expeditions of Magellan, Columbus, Vespucci, Cortes, Balboa, Raleigh, Drake, Smith, and many others.
Gottfried issued together with Matthaeus Merian a one-volume condensation "Newe Welt Vnd Americanische Historien/ Jnhaltende Warhafftige vnd volkommene Beschreibungen Aller West-Jndianischen Landschafften..." that used many of the original copper plates and supplemented them with new ones of more recent voyages. The book was published by Matthaeus Merian. The work was reprinted in 1655 / 1657.

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Condition : Copper plate engraving on text sheet. Paper toned as usual, some staining to margins and plate. Tear affecting engraved surface. Good margins. Size of sheet : 345 x 212 mm.
German text and on verso. Lower right corner missing.


ID: 40074

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