9 June 2004
BROECK, Mathias Van den. Journael ofte Historiaelse Beschrijvinge Van Mathias vanden Broeck.. Van't geen hy selfs ghesien ende waerachtigh gebeurt is, wegen 't begin ende Revolte van de Portugese in Bresiel, als mede de conditie et het over-gaen van de Forten aldaer. Amsterdam: Gerrit van Goedesbergen, 1651.
4o (180 x 145 mm). 40 pages. Gothic and roman types, woodcut vignette of a fully-rigged vessel on titlepage, folding map of the Brazilian coast (lacks two engraved views of Pernambuco, erasure to blank portion of title, a few tiny wormtracks in gutter margins of several leaves, mended with archival paper, map shaved to plate-mark at top edge). Modern quarter red morocco and paper boards.
Very rare (no copy recorded in ABPC since at least 1975). An important first-hand account of the late stages of the prolonged military and naval struggles between the Netherlands and Portugal over the enormous territory of present-day Brazil. The text comprises Van de Broeck's journal from June 1645 and August 1646. The warfare reached a peak in the 1640s, but the Dutch ultimately relinquished all claims by treaty in 1654. Alden and Landis 651/29; Borba de Moraes I:129; JCB II: 406; Sabin 8184.
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