15 June 2017
EAST INDIES: THE SPICE ISLANDS – Courante of Newes from the East India. A true Relation of the taking of the Ilands of Lantore and Plaroone in the parts of Banda in the East Indies by the Hollanders, which Ilands had yeelded themselves subject unto the King of England. Written to the East India Company in England from their Factors there. [London] 8 February, 1622.
The first edition of this rare early English newspaper, possibly the earliest surviving English newspaper concerning events in the Far East. It reports the capture of the islands of Lantore (Great Banda) and Polaroone (Pulo Run) in the Banda Islands from the British by the Dutch East India Company. These islands had been first discovered and annexed for Portugal by D'Abreu in 1512, but early in the 17th century the Dutch expelled the Portuguese. The British subsequently gained control from the Dutch who, in spite of their treaties, attacked and expelled the British in 1620, as detailed in this report. Bell IV, 34; Lowndes, p. 1670; STC 7457.
Quarto (181 x 128 mm). 6 pages. Modern quarter morocco. Provenance: Kenneth Nebenzahl (bookplate; his sale, Christie’s New York, 10 April 2012, lot 40).
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