Copper engraving. Bookplate. Plate 344 x 217mm. Sheet 391 x 246mm. Some creasing in the bottom right-hand corner.
Two scenes. 1. The marriage of Indians from Panama. Day-to-day business of cutting, selling, playing and harvesting goes on around the coupld on the centre who are to be wed. The woman primarily naked except a loin cloth and veil - draped over her head. 2. The parents and friends clear the Earth that is intended for the newly weds. The digging and sowing of seeds, and the felling of trees to create an area and habitable environment for the newly married couple. 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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