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The Making Of The Collection Of Voyages

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Most significantly however, Johan Theodore had added two piles of printed and engraved sheets of paper representing the publication he was best known for and most proud of: the collection of voyages, consisting of the India Occidentalis- and India Orientalis-series. The De Brys themselves were emphatically aware of the collection?s reputation. They seized every opportunity to remind readers of the splendour of the firm?s magnum opus, in an attempt to at once enhance the artistic significance of other publications, and stimulate the sales of the collection?s volumes. In the final decade of the sixteenth century, volumes of the collection accounted for sixty-one percent of the total amount Jan Moretus spent on the De Brys? books at the Frankfurt fairs, declining only marginally in the next twenty years, to fifty-seven and fifty-six percent for the first and second decades of the seventeenth century respectively.

Keywords: De Brys? books; Frankfurt fairs; India Occidentalis; India Orientalis; magnum opus; sixteenth century; voyages



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