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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book The Representations of the Overseas World in the De Bry Collection of Voyages (1590-1634) and its chapters. The book, mimicking Lestringant?s self-confessed methodology, examines the De Bry collection by adopting an approach that is at the same time iconographical, philological, and historical. The argument of the book is divided into three parts. The first section discusses the cultural, religious, biographical, and bibliographical context of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The second part is about representations. Here the additions, omissions, and modifications made to the original narratives in Frankfurt are interpreted in order to shed light on the editorial strategy at the heart of the collection. The third and final part addresses the elusive subjects of reception and readership.

Keywords: De Bry collection; Frankfurt; overseas world; voyages



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