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Theodor de Bry

An engraved self-portrait of Theodorus de Bry. He is dressed in work costume, with a flange [[Clothes iron#Types and names|goffered]] on a collar of fur, one hand holding a compass while the other rests on a human skull, both signs of erudition at that time. The Latin words registered on the table are: "''Domine, doce me ita reliquos vitae meae dies transigere ut in vera pietate vivam et moriar.''" ("Lord, teach me to pass the remaining days of my life such that I live and die in true piety.") Just below these words is the motto of the de Bry family: "''Nul sans soucy''." ("None without worry.") Theodor de Bry (also Theodorus de Bry) (1528 – 27 March 1598) was a Belgian engraver, goldsmith, editor and publisher, famous for his depictions of early European expeditions to the Americas. The Spanish Inquisition forced de Bry, a Protestant, to flee his native, Spanish-controlled Southern Netherlands. He moved around Europe, starting from the city of Liège in the Prince-Bishopric of Liège (where he was born and grew up), then to Strasbourg, Antwerp, London and Frankfurt, where he settled.

De Bry created a large number of engraved illustrations for his books. Most of his books were based on first-hand observations by explorers, even if De Bry himself, acting as a recorder of information, never visited the Americas. To modern eyes, many of the illustrations seem formal but detailed.
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