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Prima pars descriptionis itineris navalis in Indiam Orientalem
Amsterdam: Cornelis Nicolaus, 1598. Quarto, folding engraved plate, engraved map on the title-page, 48 engraved maps and illustrations; several woodcut coastal profiles and charts in the text; neat library-stamps on title; an excellent copy in old boards, respined in calf. A. The first Dutch voyage to the East Indies: this is one of two original descriptions of the voyage that survive (the other is attributed to Pieter Stockmans and others). This narrative is based on the original journal of Lodewyckszoon, one of the officers of the fleet, who sailed aboard the Mauritius - and so differs substantially from the other account.Houtman's voyage was the very first trading fleet sent by the Dutch to the East Indies: four ships were sent out in 1595 under the command of Cornelis de Houtman and Pieter Dirckz, three of which returned to the Netherlands in 1597. Their venture prompted the departure of several further fleets, culminating in the establishment of the VOC in 1602.The most significant geographical achievement of Houtman's voyage was that by sailing round Java it proved that it could not be part of the supposed southland (see Schilder, Australia Unveiled, ch. VI). The map on the title-page of this account shows the oceans and coasts navigated between Europe and the East Indies, including the promontory of a southern continent, with the names "Beach", "Lucach" and "Maletur", in close proximity to an island, "Java Minor".Lach points out that the book "contains the first continuous account of Bali in any European language, Its prosperity is described in... great detail...". T … [Click Below for Full Description]
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