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Number: 3290
Continent: Africa
Region: Central
Place Names: Congo
Year of Origin: 1599
Title: Argvmentvm III. Edicti Regii, de quo cap. 3 fecundi libri agitur, executio. 3 (How the king of the Congo had all the devilish idols burnt )
Language: Latin
Publish Origin: Frankfurt
Height: 13.5
Width: 17.5
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Medium
Color Type: No Color
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Publisher: Theodor De Bry
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Notes: [Joppen] Copper engraved scene showing how the king of the Congo had all the devilish idols burnt. After the king of the Congo adopted the Christian religion, he told all his noblemen and servants to hand over their pagan idols to be gathered together. Anyone found disobeying these orders was to be burnt. Within a month, a great collection of idols in the form of devils, snakes and dragons were thrown into a heap, ignited and burnt to ashes. 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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