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GOTTFRIED, J.L. - [The manner of making their boats.]

GOTTFRIED, J.L.  -  [The manner of making their boats.]
[The manner of making their boats.] - GOTTFRIED, J.L.
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Title : [The manner of making their boats.].
Map maker : GOTTFRIED, J.L. .
Date : Frankfurt, M.Merian, 1633.
Size : 6.1 x 8.3 inches. / 15.5 x 21.0 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :The manner of making boats in Virginia is wonderful to behold. They were able to do so without using any iron tool at all. First they chose a tall tree, wide enough for a canoe, then they lit a fire round its base, kindling the flames with dried moss and keeping the flames low, so that it eventually burnt the tree right through.
Then they burnt off its branches and lifted the trunk onto a platform of convenient height, laid over crosswise upon forked posts. Then scraping off the bark and burning out the middle of the trunk and scraping off the charred surface with sharp shells.
By burning and scraping, little by little, they eventually shaped the tree trunk into a fine canoe. Thus God had endowed these people with reason to survive.

In 1631 Johann Ludwig Gottfried, inherited the Theodor De Brys 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.

More about Johann Ludwig Gottfried. [+] FL 345.
Condition : Copper plate engraving on text sheet. Paper browned as usual. Right margin slim to slightly cropped. Lower right margin missing.
Some nicks and tears to bottom border. Size of sheet : 345 x 222 mm. German text and on verso.

ID: 40467

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