LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huygen van (1563-1611). Histoire de la navigation... aux Indes Orientales Contenant diverses Descriptions des lieux jusques à present descouverts par les Portugais. Amsterdam: Evert Cloppenburgh, 1638.
3 parts in one, 2° (313 x 198 mm). Three letterpress titles [two within elaborate engraved surrounds, the third with engraved vignette], portrait of Linschoten on verso of index leaf, 6 folding engraved maps, 36 engraved plates and views by Johann and Baptiste ven Doetecom after Linschoten, folding or double-page and mounted on guards. (Browning throughout, some mostly marginal worming occasionally touching image or text, Mm4 with large stain.) Near-contemporary vellum over pasteboard. Provenance: Jesuit College at Brescia (inscription on title); S. Nicolò (bookplate on title verso); Biblioteca Cameriniana, Piazzola sul Brenta (paper label on spine).
Third edition in French of this famous work, with commentaries by B. Paludanus, reprinted from the edition of 1619. The second and third parts are titled: Le Grand Routier de Mer... Continant une instruction des routes & cours qu'il convient tenir en la Navigation des Indes Orientales, & au voyage de la coste du Bresil, des Antilles, & du Cap de Lopo Gonsalves and Description de l'Amerique & des parties d'icelle, comme de la Nouvelle France, Floride, des Antilles, Iucaya, Cuba, Jamaica, . The maps include van Langren's maps of the East Indies and South America, and the double-hemispherical World map of Plancius dated 1594 (Shirley 187).
Linschoten, a Dutchman born in Delft in 1590, was in Goa between 1583 and 1589, and with Willem Barents on his second voyage to the Kara Sea in 1594-1595. This practical experience all lent authenticity to the present work, first published in Dutch (Amsterdam, 1595-1596), and it remains one of the most important travel books and went through numerous editions in various languages. It contains the most comprehensive account of the East and West Indies available at the end of the 16th century, and according to Church (and other authorities) "it was given to each ship sailing from Holland to India." As well as including important travel accounts taken from contemporary Portuguese, Dutch and Spanish sources, it is the first work to include precise sailing instructions for the Indies and also includes an excellent account of America. Alden & Landis 638/67; JCB (3) II:271; Palau 138584; Sabin 41373; Tiele 686-88.