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Neville, Henry."
Oprecht verhaal van ‘t Eiland van Pines, en deszelfs bevolking; of laatste ontdekking van een vierde eiland in Terra Australis, Incognita.Rotterdam, Joannes Naeranus, 1668. Small 4to. Old half calf, marbled boards."
1668. 20 pp.First complete Dutch edition, very rare, of a remarkable imaginary voyage, to a utopia that became dystopian, published in the same year as the first edition in the original English, The Isle of Pines. A ship of the Voc (Dutch East India Company) discovers a civilisation on western Australian island: the five survivors of an English shipwreck a century earlier (1 man and 4 women) have procreated so successfully that the accidental colony now has 11, 000 residents. The present Rotterdam edition includes both parts, while the other two Dutch editions in 1668, the year of the English first edition, include only part 1.Its racy tale of George Pine, shipwrecked with four women on the eponymous island during the reign of Queen Elizabeth, created a publishing sensation in the seventeenth century and became a model for many later fantasies of paradise in the South Seas. It has long been recognised as a significant precursor of the Robinsonnade genre, and specifically of Defoe's Robinson Crusoe itself.The Dutch edition is certainly the most interesting translation/adaptation, since the text purports to describe the discoveries made by a Dutch ship on the Australian coast, and the narrator is supposed to be the Dutch sea captain Van Sloetten. Neville's work was inspired by the tales of Voc wrecks on the coast of western Australia.The present important first complete Dutch edition has always been rare, as in fact are all 1668 editions of Neville's work. Only the State Library of New South Wales has a serious holding, including the only copy in Australia of the present edit … [Click Below for Full Description]
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