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Prima pars descriptionis itineris in Indiam Orientalem,

earumque rerum quae navibus Battavis occurrerunt; una cum particulari enarratione conditionum, morum, oeconomiae populorum, quos adnavigarunt. Praeterea de numismatis, aromatibus, speciebus, & mercibus ibidem venalibus, eorumque pretio.

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Amsterdam, Cornelius Nicolai, 1598

First Latin edition of this important account of Cornelius Houtman's voyage, the first Dutch voyage to the East Indies, extensively illustrated with more than forty-eight illustrations of the geography, native life and natural history of primarily Java and Bali. According to Lach, this work 'provided European readers with the most detailed descriptions of Java to date and with the first continuous description of Bali in any language' (III.1.439).

In 1598, the year after Houtman's return, Lodewyckszoon's account of the voyage instigated 'a flurry of activity among Dutch entrepreneurs' and no fewer than twenty-five ships set out from two provinces of Holland to the East Indies. Within a period of eighteen months, the Dutch had established three factories in the Indies which became the foundation of their future control of the Moluccan spice trade and provided a foothold from which to launch further voyages eastward.

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First Latin edition, folio (31.5 x 24 cms approx.), 51ff., including engraved title, 48 ½- or ¾-page engraved plates (of which 5 are maps), including the folding plate of the Bazaar, several woodcuts (some full-page), old stamps to title, modern calf-backed old marbled boards, vellum tips, a very good, well-margined copy.


JCB I, 364; Tiele (Memoire Bibliographique sur les Journaux des Navigateurs Neerlandais), p127; Lach (Asia in the Making of Europe), III, 1.438-9 & III, 3. 1222-34.

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