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Begin Ende Voortgangh van de Vereenighde Nederlantsche Geoctroyeerde Oost-Indische Compagnie. Amsterdam.

COMMELIN Isaac ed (1646.)


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Third edition. 21 parts in 2 vols. Two extra engraved titlepages, two large folding maps, plus 228 other maps & plates. Oblong 4to. Contemporary calf, recased, rubbed, engraved title & one plate in vol. I mounted, minor marginal losses & tears to four plates, with repairs to tears & folds of 3 plates, large inkstain to one leaf of vol. I. Amsterdam

The third and best edition of this important collection of voyages made on behalf of the East India Company. Increasingly scarce, this attractive set is in the original Dutch binding.


The cornerstone of any research on early Dutch voyages, it contains a wealth of important material relating to the history of early Pacific exploration, as well as the development of the East Indies. The work includes important early voyages to the Philippines, China and Japan and, as many of the voyages came from the East, there is a good deal of information on the Straits of Magellan. Furthermore, it is noteworthy for including some of the only contemporary information on the voyages of the Duyfken. Skippered by Willem Janz, it made the first authenticated European sighting of Australia in 1605. Its preface, by Commelin, contains a summary of Dutch voyages to the East Indies undertaken before 1631.


Beautifully illustrated, it contains a wonderful assemblage of maps and plates of native peoples, hunting techniques (including for penguins and polar bears), Dutch camps and settlements, forts, South American ports, battle scenes, animals, trees, fruits, and other natural resources.


The voyages are as follows (of these, numbers 6-9, 11-15, 17, 20 and 21 appear here for the first time): Vol. I: Engraved title, title-leaf, 11 leaves (introduction), 5 leaves of registers and errata. 1) Voyages to the North (Nova Zembla etc.) by G. de Veer. 71pp. Twenty-six plates and six maps. 2) First voyage to the East Indies by Cornelius Houtman. 112pp. Forty-four plates and five maps. 3) Voyage to the East Indies by Jac. Cornelisz van Neck and Wybrand van Warwijck (1598-1600). 56pp. Twenty-four plates and two maps. 4) Voyage to the East Indies via the Straits of Magellan by Seb. de Weerd (description by Bar. Jansz). 31pp. Eight plates. 5) Voyage round the world by Olivier van Noord (1598-1601). 56pp. Twenty plates and four maps. 6) Voyage to the East Indies by Pieter Both (1599-1601) (description by P. van Craerden). 20pp. 7) Second voyage to the East Indies by Jac. van Neck (1600-2) (description by Roelof Roelofsz). 51pp. Four plates. 8) First voyage by Steven vander Hagen to the East Indies (1599-1601) (description by J.S. van der Goude), and voyages by Corn. Pietersz., G. Senegal and J. van Heemskerck. 31pp. 9) Voyage to the East Indies by Wolphert Harmansz (1601-3) and by van Warwijck and de Weerd (description by C. van Veen). 27pp. 10) First voyage to the East Indies by Joris van Spilbergen (1601-4). 62pp. Eight plates and two maps. 11) Voyage to the East Indies by Wybr. van Warwijck and Seb. de Weerd (1602-7). 88pp. Five plates and one map.


Volume 2: Engraved title, title-leaf, map of the East Indies. 12) Second voyage to the East Indies by Stev. vander Hagen. 91pp. Thirteen plates. 13) Voyage to the East Indies and China by C. Matelief (1605-8). 191pp. Eleven plates. 14) Voyage to the East Indies by Paulus van Caerden (1606-8). 48pp. 15) Voyage to the East Indies, China and the Philippines by P.W. Verhjeven (1607-12) (description by J. de Moelre and J. le Febvre). 214pp. One plate. 16) Voyage to the East Indies by Pieter vanden Broecke (1606-30). 110pp. Twelve plates. 17) Description of the Indies by Johan van Twist, Batavia, 1638. Title-leaf, 112pp. 18) Second voyage to the Moluccas via the Straits of Magellan by J.v. Spilbergen; voyage to the Australian regions by W. Schouten and Jacob le Maire (1615-17). 118pp. Twenty-one plates and five maps (including the large folding world map and folding map of the East Indies). 19) Voyage round the World by Jacques L'Heremite (1623-26). 79pp. One plate and four maps. 20) Voyage to the East Indies by Wybrant Schram (1626-32). 104pp. (page 104 mis-numbered "94"). Two plates and one map. 21) Voyage to the East Indies by Hendr. Hagenaar (1631-38). Description of Japan by Fr. Caron. 217pp. 8 leaves of register and errata at end. Sabin, 14959, 14960; JCB III, II:339; Bell, C443; Tiele, 13-14pp.

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