5 April 2016
NIEUHOFF, Jan (1618-1672). Gedenkweerdige Brasiliaense Zee- en Lant-Reize. Amsterdam: Jacob van Meurs, 1682. - Zee en Lant-Reize door verscheide Gewesten van Oostindien ... en inzonderheit een wijtloopig verhael der Stad Batavia. Amsterdam: Jacob van Meurs, 1682.
2 parts in one volume, 2° (302 x 198 mm). Engraved title COLORED BY A CONTEMPORARY HAND, letterpress title printed in red and black, engraved coat-of-arms dedication leaf, portrait of the author, 49 engraved plates [of which 31 double-page], 33 engraved text illustrations (one plate with marginal tear crossing image). (Some pale browning.) Contemporary Dutch vellum, tooled in blind, gilt-lettered on spine (covers slightly bowed). Provenance: Libreria Universal, Sao Paulo (inkstamp on pastedown).
FIRST EDITION of this richly illustrated account of the East Indies and Brazil. Nieuhoff's Zee en Lant-Reize includes one of the largest and best illustrated 17th-century descriptions of Batavia, now Jakarta, and is an important source for Dutch colonial architecture. Nieuhoff's account of his long stay in Brazil also includes descriptions of the West Indies, and “is very valuable indeed, being richly documented from the original sources and reproducing much of the official correspondence between the local Dutch and Portuguese authorities” (Boxer). Nieuhoff also gives an eye-witness account of the 1646 siege of Recife. The present copy is possibly one of the large paper copies noted by Sabin, and includes the plate showing St Anthony and St Vincent villages in the East Indies volume which is omitted in the directions to the binder, and does not appear in all copies. Alden & Landis 682/125, 126; Bell N178, N179; Borba de Moraes II, p.614 (“classic work on Dutch Brazil”); Boxer Dutch in Brazil, pp.294-5; JCB (4) 104; Landwehr VOC, 282; Sabin 55278.
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