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DODO -- A True Report of the gainefull, prosperous and speedy Voiage to Iaua in the East Indies, performed by a fleete of eight ships of Amsterdam: which set forth from Texell in Holland, the first of Maie 1598. London: P. S[hort] for W. Aspley, [1599?].
8° (182 x 110mm). (Lacking first leaf, blank except for signature mark 'A' on recto, lower margins restored with some catch-letters and catch-words supplied in pen-and-ink facsimile, shoulder notes cropped with some loss.) Red morocco gilt by J. Mackenzie, gilt edges. Provenance: Henry Cunliffe (bookplate; his bibliographical notes on front blanks).
FIRST EDITION, FIRST MENTION OF THE DODO. The expedition to Java set out under the command of Jacob van Neck and Wijbrant van Warwyck. The small uninhabited island which they named Hemskerk island was found to contain a 'great quantity of foules twise as bigge as swans,' called 'Walghstocks or Wallowbirdes being very good meat.' This passage (pp. 16-17) is THE FIRST RECORDED REFERENCE TO THE DODO IN ENGLISH (Rothschild quotes from the 1601 Amsterdam edition in Extinct Birds, p. 172). STC 14478.
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