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SCHELTEMA, Jacobus.
Peter de Groote, keizer van Rusland in Holland en Zaandam in 1697 en 1717.Amsterdam, Hendrik Gartman, 1814. 2 volumes. 8vo. With 2 engraved title-pages showing a portrait of Peter the Great, 1 letterpress title-page and 2 half-titles, and 3 engraved plates. Mid-19th-century tree calf, each board with a gold-tooled fillets, gold-tooled spines and board edges, antique spot marbled endpapers (with shell spots, the colours different in the 2 volumes), green ribbon markers.
XXVI, 339; [2], XXXI, [1 blank], 328 pp. plus engraved titles and plates.First edition of a detailed account of Tsar Peter the Great's visits to the Dutch Republic in 1697-1698 and 1717, dedicated to the Admiral Jan Hendrik van Kinsbergen. The book opens with an 86-page introduction describing Russia's history and Dutch-Russian relations. Peter's visit of 1697 was part of his "Grand Embassy", aimed at creating an anti-Ottoman alliance with European monarchs. He initially travelled disguised as a workman, leaving the mission nominally in charge of his ambassadors and living himself in a modest cottage (shown in one plate), thinking he would learn far more about Dutch advances in shipbuilding from the floor of the shipyards than in conference with statesmen. He visited Nicolaas Witsen, the wharf of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and the famous collections of Frederik Ruysch, Jacob de Wilde, Levinus Vincent and Simon Schijnvoet. During his second embassy (1717) he bought the renowned collections of Albertus Seba, Frederik Ruysch and Levinus Vincent and had them transported to St Petersburg. The plates show Peter's residence in Zaandam and his visits to Nicolaas Witsen and the VOC wharf. With a list of subscribers. Printed on laid paper watermarked C & I. Honig = Dutch lion on a crowned shield with "Fryheyt" and "Pro Patria Eiusque Libertate", topped with a branch, closely resembling Heawood 3151. A second edition was published in 1842.The first volume with inscription on half-title: "door J. Scheltema", apparently the author's presentation inscription, but the recipient's … [Click Below for Full Description]
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