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GOTTFRIED, J.L. / DE BRY. - [Columbus's egg] / [Columbus departs on his first voyage].

GOTTFRIED, J.L. / DE BRY. -  [Columbus's egg] / [Columbus departs on his first voyage].
[Columbus's egg] / [Columbus departs on his first voyage]. - GOTTFRIED, J.L. / DE BRY.
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Title : [Columbus's egg] / [Columbus departs on his first voyage]..
Map maker : GOTTFRIED, J.L. / DE BRY..
Date : Frankfurt, M.Merian, 1633.
Size : 5.9 x 7.7 inches. / 15.0 x 19.5 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :Two engravings. [204] Columbus is seen here in the center, seated among his Spanish companions. He asked who could make an egg stand on end so, after they all had tried and agreed it was impossible, he proceed to flatten the end by lightly tapping it on his plate before standing it upright.
This simple trick originally may have been attributed to Brunelleschi who, by the same token, was believed to have used it to demonstrate that the great dome of Florence Cathedral, which he himself designed, was not a physical impossibility.

[205] On August 3, 1492 Columbus set sail from Huelva in southern Spain, in search of a route to the Indies by sailing west. By sunrise his three heavily laden little ships had already crossed the harbour bar and were on their way to changing the course of history.
(Although Columbus is seen here waving good-by to Ferdinand and Isabella, the king and queen of Spain, they were not actually present at his departure.)

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.

More about Johann Ludwig Gottfried. [+] Spain 204-205
Condition : Copper plate engraving on text sheet. Paper lightly browned and stained, as is usual. Bottom right corner missing. Size of sheet: 345 x 222 mm. German text and on verso.

ID: 41091

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