Copper engraving. Bookplate. Plate 343 x 209mm. Sheet 391 x 249mm. A small tear and staining in the bottom right-hand corner of the sheet.
Two scenes. 1. A ceremony that takes place before they set-off on an expedition, attended and observed by a Floridian King. 2. A Floridian King consults his magician before he marches off towards the enemy. Published in Jean Frederic Bernard's monumental "Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde" (Religious Ceremonies and Customs of All the Peoples of the World). 'The world's first encyclopedia of religions, the heavily illustrated, detailed general survey treating all religions dispassionately and as notionally equal, was composed and published in Amsterdam under the title 'Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde' in seven large volumes between 1723 and 1737 by a group of radical, intellectually subversive Huguenot refugees' (Jonathan Israel, 'How the light came in', TLS June 21 2013).
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