The Hague. 1648. pp. Engraved vignette of the coat of arms of the Netherlands on the titlepage. Small quarto. Modern gilt-stamped vellum, gilt label. Some chipping to label. Very good. Item #WRCAM33899
The official Dutch edition of the important Treaty of Munster, by which the Dutch ended their long war with Spain and consolidated their New World gains in Brazil, the West Indies, and North America. Davenport notes that the Treaty of Munster is the first instance in which Spain "conceded to another nation, in clear and explicit terms, and in a public treaty, the right to sail to, trade, and acquire territory in the West Indies." It therefore broke irrevocably the monopoly on New World trade and colonization claimed by Spain and Portugal as part of 15th-century treaties and Papal bulls. An important treaty relating to the commercial development of the West Indies and European possessions in the New World. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 648/170. PALAU 338556. KNUTTEL 5733. DAVENPORT 40.