5 April 2016
COMMELIN, Isaac (1598-1676, editor). Begin ende Voortgangh van de Vereenighde Neederlantsche Geoctroyeerde Oost-Indische Compagnie. [Amsterdam: J. Janssonius,] 1646.
Three volumes, oblong 4° (188 x 250mm). Two engraved titles and 233 engraved plates, including the world map and map of Malay (both lined on verso repairing tears). (Text with occasional repaired tears, some browning, occasionally trimmed closely shaving headlines.) Slightly varying contemporary calf, spines gilt (repairs to spines). Provenance: Bernard Houthakker, Amsterdam (booklabels).
Third edition of volume one, fourth edition of volumes 2-3. First published in Amsterdam, 1644, with slightly different contents. Originally the work contained accounts of the voyages of Cavendish, Drake, Raleigh and Keymis, but lacked the voyages of Van der Hagen and Van Caerden. The second edition of 1645 was the first to contain the revised contents and also the introduction by Commelin, which contains an account of the founding of the VOC, including the XLVI articles of incorporation, and gives a synopsis of Dutch voyages to the East Indies up to the year 1631. A third edition was printed in 1636 and the work was reprinted in the same year with variant letterpress titles. Bibliographies disagree on the total number of plates. Alden & Landis 646/41; Cox I, p. 9; JCB (1919) II, p. 339-340; Landwehr 250; Sabin 14959-14960; Tiele-Muller, pp. 9-15.
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