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Publisher: DE BRY, Th.
Title: Argumentum IV. Habitus tam magnatum quam plebeiorum descriptus lib. 2 cap. 7. (How the Congolese men dress)
Published in: Frankfurt, 1598
Size: 5.5 x 7.0 inches.
13.9 x 17.9 cm.

Condition: Text sheet with copper plate engraving with letter press in Latin. In very good condition, dark impression. Size of the sheet 305 x 195mm.
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This shows what the inhabitants of the Congo wore before the Portuguese arrived. The men had small square berets, usually red or yellow, more for decoration than as a protection from the sun and wind. The noblemen wore fine furs of sable, polecat, muskrat, or other beasts of prey, with the head still attached, so that the skin could be fastened together under the wearer’s armpits. Next to their skin the men wore fine textiles, woven from palm material that hung down over the knees and edged with a fringe. They also had knee-high boots of palm-cloth in the manner of the ancient Romans. These days, however, they clothe themselves like the Portuguese, with wide-brimmed hats and, on their feet, shoes or slippers

Theodore de Bry, a German engraver and book dealer, began a compilation of early voyages in 1590 and had published six parts at the time of his death in 1598. His widow, two sons, and another family member continued the work, which comprised a total of fifty-four parts when it was completed in 1630. The publication is in two series, denoted the Grands Voyages and the Petit Voyages. A German edition of the Petit Voyages was published in 1599 in Frankfurt am Main. A second German edition came out in 1616. Latin editions were published in 1609 and 1629.

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DE BRY, Th. - Argumentum IV. Habitus tam magnatum quam plebeiorum descriptus lib. 2 cap. 7. (How the Congolese men dress)

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