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[Pijpers, Pieter]
MYN AANDENKEN AAN NEDERLANDS ALLIANTIE MET VRANKRYK, ZYNDE EENE BESPIEGELING VAN DE DECORATIEN ENZ. DER ILLUMINATIE OP DIE HEUCHELYKE GEBEURTENIS, ZO ALS DIE VERTOOND ZYN..
Utrecht: A. Stubbe, 1786. 27pp. Frontis. Plain cream wrappers, stitched as issued. Wear and light soiling to wrappers, lower portion of wrapper starting to separate at spine. Remains of label in lower margin of titlepage (not affecting text), tideline to upper gutter of titlepage and frontispiece (just touching edge of frontis. image). Occasional light soiling and tanning throughout. Contemporary manuscript annotations on front wrapper. Very good. Untrimmed. Rare pamphlet supporting the Netherlands joining the Franco-American alliance and in support of an independent United States. Although the Dutch Republic was initially ambivalent about the American Declaration of Independence, Dutch merchants, especially in Amsterdam, noted the potential economic advantages of an independent North America. Long frustrated by the restrictions the British Navigation Acts imposed on direct trade with the American colonies, not only did Dutch merchants help supply arms to American revolutionaries, they also helped arrange a series of secret diplomatic meetings, some with the help of the French ambassador. The Dutch Republic was in the midst of its own political upheaval at this time, with their own "Patriots" (Patriotten) rising up to oppose the rule of the stadtholder, William V, Prince of Orange. The author, Pieter Pijpers (writing as J. Stichtenaar), was a poet and playwright, as well as a tobacco merchant in Amsterdam, who joined the Patriot movement in 1780. Only eleven copies are listed in OCLC, nine in the Netherlands and two in the U.K. This title has only appeared once at auctio … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [United States]

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