[COLLECTION OF FIVE IMPORTANT DUTCH VOYAGES TO THE FAR EAST].
Marees, Pieter de; [Willem Lodewijcksz]; Jacob Cornelissoon van Neck; Gerrit de Veer; Olivier van Noort:
[Amsterdam. 1605-1610]. Five volumes bound in one. Described in greater detail below. Folio. 19th-century half calf and marbled boards, ornate gilt spine. Spine rubbed and worn. Contemporary ownership signature on titlepage. Old institutional stamps on front free endpaper and first titlepage. Overall internally clean. Very good. In a cloth clamshell case, leather label. A collection of five highly important Dutch voyages, in their first or early French editions, bound in one volume. These voyages represent the foundation Dutch voyages in their initial expansion (one might say explosion) into the world as the Dutch began their seaborne empire. The voyages are, in chronological order by publication date: 1) Marees, Pieter de: DESCRIPTION ET RECIT HISTORIAL DV RICHE ROYAVME D'OR DE GVNEA.... Amsterdam: P.D.M. Claesson, 1605. ,96,pp. plus twenty in-text engravings. Titlepage vignette. First French edition, after the first edition of 1602. De Marees is one of the least-known early Dutch navigators and is best remembered for this narrative, which provides the earliest substantial description of the Guinea coast, its people and languages, and which discusses the dangers of rounding the tip of Brazil. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 605/73. TIELE 717. TIELE- MULLER 135. CARDINALL, p.13. 2) [Lodewijcksz, Willem]: PREMIER LIVRE DE L'HISTOIRE DE LA NAVIGATION AUX INDES ORIENTALES.... Amsterdam: Nicolas, 1609. 55 leaves. Titlepage with engraved map, forty- six in-text engravings, and one full-page engraving. Neat restoration to blank corner of one leaf. Small hole affecting two plates. First French edition, after the first of 1598. Lodewijcksz gives an account of the first Dutch expedition to the East Indies under Cornelius Houtman, from 1595 to 1597. The spice trade data collected by Houtman convinced the Dutch they could break Portugal's monopoly in the East Indies, and his narrative offers a jumping-off point for the explosion of Dutch trading at the turn of the century. This narrative also includes the first European description of Bali, written by a crew member. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 609/71. HOWGETO H106. TIELE 508. TIELE-MULLER 114. Lach, ASIA IN THE MAKING OF EUROPE, p.200. 3) Neck, Jacob Cornelissoon van: LA SECOND LIVRE, IOURNAL OU COMPTOIR, CONTENANT LE VRAY DISCOURS ET NARRATION HISTORIQUE.... Amsterdam: Nicolas, 1609. 228 leaves. Vignettes, twenty-four engravings in text. First French edition, after the Dutch first of 1601. A detailed account of a watershed moment in Dutch commercial enterprise. As mentioned above, Holland's aggressive pursuit of opportunity in the East Indies demanded the Dutch first unseat Portugal from its dominance of the region. Van Neck's voyage was the first such expedition by the Dutch to make substantial progress in this regard, and he provided his investors with a whopping total return of over 400%. The bells of Amsterdam which saluted his return hardly stopped ringing before other Dutch merchant companies with designs on the East Indies "sprang up like mushrooms" (Boxer). Meanwhile, the mood in Portugal was somber. Merchants there credited Neck's remarkable success to the dishonorable use of "force or fraud." HOWGEGO N13. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 609/93. TIELE 786. TIELE-MULLER 129. BOXER, pp.22-23. 4) Veer, Gerrit de: VRAYE DESCRIPTION DE TROIS VOYAGES DE MER TRES ADMIRABLES, FAITS EN TROIS ANS, A CHAEVN AN VN; PAR LES NAVIRES D'HOLLANDE ET ZELANDE.... Amsterdam: Nicolas, 1609. ,44 leaves. Titlepage vignette, thirty-one in-text engravings, plus three maps (one full-page). Third French edition, after the first of 1598. An early Arctic voyage, representative of the extent of Dutch ambitions. De Veer, as a chronicler for the expedition, accompanied Jacob van Heemskirk on his second voyage to the Barents Sea searching for a northeast passage to China. "[T]he ships advanced well to the north of Scandinavia, sighting Veere Island for the first time. Continuing further north as far as 80 degrees 11 minutes, the expedition sighted [Spitsbergen], which they coasted in a southerly direction. This was probably the first sighting of the islands of Spitsbergen, although there is some evidence of their discovery by Icelandic navigators..." - Howgego. HOWGEGO H55. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 609/128. TIELE-MULLER 99. 5) Noort, Olivier van: DESCRIPTION DV PENIBLE VOYAGE FAIT ENTOVR DE L'VNIVERS OV GLOBE TERRESTRE. PAR SR. OLIVIER DV NORT D'VTRECHT, GENERAL DE QVATRE NAVIRES, ASSAVOIR: DE CELLE DITE MAURITIUS.... Amsterdam: Nicolas, 1610. ,62pp., including twenty-five in-text engravings and two full-page maps. Titlepage vignette. Second French edition, after the first of 1602. Van Noort, a former tavernkeeper in Rotterdam, accomplished the third circumnavigation of the globe after Magellan and Drake, and was the first Dutch explorer to do so, making the trip from 1598 to 1601. The voyage was particularly arduous. Half the crew mutinied, his ships were constantly harassed, and most of those that didn't mutiny perished from disease. Despite his effort, Van Noort contributed little to the known geography of the world. Still, Van Noort was an inspiration to his country, and he established Holland as a power in global exploration. HOWGEGO N37. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 610/79. SABIN 55438. BORBA DE MORAES II:103. TIELE 806. Though issued separately and complete as such, these voyages were clearly intended to comprise a set. It is remarkable to find a collection like this one which survives in this intended format. A rare and compelling volume, describing the era Dutch sea power first asserted itself on the world stage.
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