• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

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    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 116

    BALDAEUS, Philippus (1632-1672). Wahrhaftige ausfürliche Beschreibung der berühmten Ost-Indischen Kusten Malabar und Coromandel, als auch der Insel Zeylon. Amsterdam: Johannes Janssonius Waesberge and Johannes von Someren, 1672.

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    BALDAEUS, Philippus (1632-1672). Wahrhaftige ausfürliche Beschreibung der berühmten Ost-Indischen Kusten Malabar und Coromandel, als auch der Insel Zeylon. Amsterdam: Johannes Janssonius Waesberge and Johannes von Someren, 1672.

    3 parts in one volume, 2o (314 x 202 mm). Engraved title, letterpress title in red and black, 2 engraved portraits and 34 double-page engraved plates and maps, 55 engraved illustrations in text, some full-page, text in double column. (Some light browning, marginal worming at end.) Contemporary vellum, spine ink lettered. Provenance: Initial "T" (early engraved bookplate); T.O. Weigel (bookplate); William Davignon (bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION IN GERMAN OF THIS IMPRESSIVELY ILLUSTRATED WORK by the Dutch Calvinist missionary, Philippus Baldaeus. It forms a history of Ceylon under the Portuguese, as well the later Dutch period of occupation, the final part describing the Hindu religion in considerable detail. Some facts were derived from the captured Jesuit seminary at Jafnapatam, and from the manuscript of the Calicut Jesuit, Giacomo Fenicio, while borrowings were also made from the work of another missionary, Abraham Roger. The original Dutch edition contained one extra plate (in part III) which, in this German edition, is used as a text illustration. Howgego B10; Landwehr VOC 557 )not calling for the "Vorrede an den Leser" (3p.) present here).


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