9 June 2004
PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR
Brasilsche Gelt-Sack, Ware in dat klaerlijck vertoont wort, waer hat de Participanten van de West-Indische Compagnie haer Geldt ghebleven is. Gedruckt in Brasilien op't Recife in de Bree-Bijl [but probably Holland], 1647.
4o (177 x 142 mm). 44 leaves. Gothic and roman types, woodcut vignette on titlepage (title backed and with small circular patch in blank area, minor worming in gutter margins of a few leaves at beginning and end mended with archival paper, without loss). Early Dutch gilt paper wrappers (worn, front cover detached).
The "Brazilian Gold-sack" contains a scathing indictment of the directors of the West Indies Company and their governing representatives in the Brazilian colonies, setting out in minute detail the corruption, fraud and financial manipulation in the lucrative colonial trade trade in slaves, sugar and manufactured goods, listing individuals and firms involved. The rare pamphlet ("supposed to have been written by several authors: de Vries, Verhagen and Greving", according to Borba) carries a spurious Recife imprint which, if genuine, would have made it the first book printed in Brazil. The libelous content, and its typography indicate that it was almost certainly printed in Holland. Alden and Landis 647/41; Borba de Moraes I:122; JCB II, p.352 (erroneously counting 20 ff.); Sabin 7535.
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