[COMMELIN, Isaac (1598-1676, editor).] Begin ende Voortgangh van de Vereenighde Neederlantsche Geoctroyeerde Oost-Indische Compagnie.[Amsterdam: J. Janssonius,] 1646. 21 parts in 2 volumes, oblong 4° (188 x 250mm). With three blanks. 2 engraved additional titles, and 230 plates and maps, including the world map, some folding. (Some marginal dampstaining and soiling, a few short marginal tears, one leaf with small loss in blank margin, world map with short tear near fold, folding map of Mauritius with old repair and a long tear at the fold, two other plates with old repairs, a few trimmed by the binder, some browning in text leaves of vol. 2.) Contemporary speckled calf, spines gilt in compartments (one label lacking and the other chipped, spine ends chipped, some joints splitting, corners worn, extremities rubbed). Provenance: Ter Horst (bookplate).
Third (best) edition, complete WITH THE WORLD MAP AND THE MAP OF THE MALAY ARCHIPELAGO. This extensively illustrated collection of more than twenty voyages to the East and West Indies constitutes one of the most valuable records of Dutch exploration. The accounts also relate to the North West Passage, and to the Strait of Magellan. Janssonius, after taking over from Colijn, supplemented the work with a large number of new illustrations in the same style; bibliographies disagree on the total number of plates. Cox I, p.9; Landwehr VOC 250; Sabin 14959; Tiele, passim; cf. Shirley 304 (for the world map). (2)