LODEWIJCKSZ, Willem (16th century). Premier Livre de l'histoire de la navigation aux indes orientales, par les Hollandois. Amsterdam: Cornelius Nicolaius, 1609.
2° (341 x 237 mm). Large engraved map on title, 47 engraved maps and plates in text and one plate of coins, woodcut coastal profiles in text. (Stamp removed from titles affecting several letters, title fore-margin reinforced on verso, few other marginal repairs, browned.) Contemporary vellum over pasteboard.
Second edition in French of the classic account of the first Dutch voyage to the East Indies under the command of Cornelis de Houtman. The expedition left in 1595, after Holland had achieved independence from Spain and could therefore freely explore its own interests in the East. The ships sailed across the Atlantic to Brazil, and rounded the Cape of Good Hope on 7 February 1595. They arrived in Sumatra in May 1596 and proceeded to Java with the intention of reaching the Moluccas. The ships were unseaworthy, however, and troubles arouse between captains and crew. Finally reaching an accord, they sailed to Bali and returned to Texel in August 1597, with only eighty-nine of the crew left alive. Because of the increased price of pepper, the voyage was able to turn a profit, despite returning with a small cargo. Adams L-1397; Alden and Landis 609/71; Howgego H105; JCB (3) II:63.
NECK, Jacob Corneliszoon van (1564-1638). Le second livre, journal ou comptioir, contenant le vray discours et narration historique, du voyage fait par les huit navires d’Amsterdam. Amsterdam: Cornelius Nicolaius, 1609.
Two parts in one volume, 2°. Engravings on titles and in text. (Stamp removed from titles affecting several letters, D2-3 lacking and supplied in facsimile, lacking four leaves of the appendix.)
Second edition in French. Jacob Corneliszoon van Neck represented the Verre Company during this 1598 voyage to the East Indies. Under him were ships commanded by Wybrand van Warwijck and Jacob van Heemskerk. Van Neck's ship was separated from the others soon after rounding the Cape of Good Hope, and they were not reunited for some months at Bantam (in Java). Van Neck was a shrewd and skilled negotiator with the natives and rather than reject their inflated prices he accepted them as a gesture of lasting relations. Four of the ships loaded with cargo returned to Holland in July 1599, leaving behind van Warwijck to continue trade in the Moluccas and Heemskerk in the Banda Islands. With Van Neck on this voyage was Willem Jansz, the discoverer of Australia, then on his first voyage as mate of the Hollandia. Van Warwijck later sailed on VOC voyages to the East Indies and van Heemskerk achieved some fame in the Arctic.Van Neck's narrative was reprinted in numerous languages and editions, including in the various editions of de Bry's Collectiones peregrinationum in Indiam Orientalem et Indiam Occidentalem. Alden & Landis 609/93; Howgego N13; JCB (3) II64-5.
NOORT, Olivier van (1568-1611). Description du penible voyage de faict entour de l'univers ou globe terrestre. Amsterdam: Cornelius Nicolaius, 1610.
2°. Engraved vignette of Rotterdam on title, 25 engraved views, maps and portraits in text.
Second edition in French. The work was issued in Dutch, French, German and Latin editions all in 1602. Van Noort accomplished the third circumnavigation of the globe, after Magellan and Drake, and was the first Dutchman to do so. Half the crew mutinied, his ships were constantly harrassed, 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. Borba de Moraes II:613. Alden & Landis 610/79; Hogwego N37; JCB (3) II:16; Sabin 55438.