BRY, THEODOR DE, JOHANN THEODOR DE BRY AND JOHANN ISRAEL DE BRY.
Admiranda Narratio Fida Tamen, de Commodis et Incolarum Ritibus Virginiae. Frankfurt: Johann Wechel, 1590.
Folio (342 x 237 mm). a4 b6 c4 d8 A6 B-C8 D6 (D6 blank) E8 F6 (plates except map included in collation). With engraved title to text, engraved arms on dedication leaf, double-page engraved map of Virginia, engraved plate of Adam and Eve in first state with inscription "Iodocus a winghe in Theodore de Bry fe.," and 27 engraved plates after John White (including 5 plates of Picts). 17th century red morocco gilt, rebacked with new endpapers. Light wear with some short marginal tears, some toning, heavier on a few scattered leaves, restored corner d7 and marginal chip to E4, board edges worn.
Provenance: armorial stamp at foot of title page.
FIRST LATIN EDITION OF THE FIRST VOLUME OF DE BRY'S GREAT VOYAGES, BEING THOMAS HARIOT'S DESCRIPTION OF VIRGINIA. Thomas Hariot accompanied the 1585 expedition to Roanoke funded by Sir Walter Raleigh and acted as a translator. He had learned Carolina Algonquian from two Roanoke chiefs brought to England by Raleigh the year before. His account is a very encouraging one as the mysterious disappearance of Roanoke colony was not reported in Europe until John White, the expedition artist and mapmaker, returned in 1590.
The 23 illustrations to the text, which are after John White's drawings, are by far the most important visual record of New World natives as first encountered by the English colonists. Also included is the highly important double-page map, the first map to identify Chesapeake Bay and "the first printed map of this degree of detail and accuracy for any part of the present area of the United States" (Cumming). It was dubbed by Burden "one of the most significant cartographical milestones in colonial North American history ... the most accurate map drawn in the sixteenth century of any part of that continent. It became the prototype of the area until long after James Moxon's map in 1671... This is the first map to focus on Virginia (now largely North Carolina), and records the first English attempts at colonisation in the New World."
The plates and text mostly conform to Church and Sabin's first issue points except for the text to plates V, VI, IX, and XV which are second issue. Burden 76 (second state) and 77; Church 140; Cumming Southeast 12-13; European Americana 590/31; Sabin 8784; Streeter sale 1091.