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Gedenkweerdige Brasiliaense Zee- en Lant-Reize - NIEUHOF, Jan - 1682. 
Amsterdam Widow of Jacob van Meurs 1682 - First edition. Folio, Two parts in one. , 47, 40-192, 195-240,  pp., engraved portrait of Nieuhof trimmed and mounted, engraved additional title, 4 engraved plates, 2 of which double page (including map of Brazil), engraved coat-of-arms, illustrations in the text; , 218, 217-308,  pp, 45 engraved plates, 29 of which double-page, including maps, old vellum lettered in ink, yapp edges, slight fraying to front free endpaper, a good clean example. A beautifully illustrated account of travels in Brazil and the East Indies. Nieuhof (1618-1672), a Dutch traveller and official, left two very interesting accounts of his years spent in Dutch Brazil and the Dutch East Indies. He was employed by the Dutch West india Company (WIC) in Brazil from 1640 to explore the regions between Maranhão and the São Francisco Rivers, and made a particular study of the vicinity of Pernambuco. He left Brazil in 1649, after the Portuguese victory in the Second Battle of Guararapes. Upon his return, Nieuhof joined the service of the Dutch East India Company (or "VOC"). In service of the VOC he resided several years in Batavia, before being appointed in 1654 steward of an embassy to the relatively new Qing emperor of China under Peter de Goyer and Jacob de Keyser, which aimed to gain trading rights on China's southern coast. In his several travels in the East he visited Sumatra, Java, Amboyna, Formosa (Taiwan), China, Malacca, India, Ceylon, Persia, and St. Helena. His narratives give very informative accounts of the places he visited. Borba de Moraes II, 614 First part only, "This classic work on Dutch Brazil is becoming rare"; Bosch 145; Hill 1227 (English language edition, 1744); Landwehr VOC 282 (second part only); Lipperheide Md 2; Nissen ZBI 2975; Sabin 55278; Tiele 799. [Attributes: First Edition]
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