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Verhael van de eerste schip-vaert der Hollandische ende Zeeusche schepen door 't Way-gat, by Noorden Noorwegen, Moscovien ende Tartarien, na de coninckrijcken Cathay ende China. Met drie schepen, uyt Texel gezeylt in den jare 1594. Hier achter is by-ghevoeght de beschrijvinghe van de landen Siberien, Samoyeda, ende Tingoesa. Seer vreemt en vermaackelijck om lesen. Amsterdam, for Joost Hartgers, 1648. 4to. With a double-page plate with 6 illustrations, including fights with bears and the 'Behouden huis' on Nova Zembla, woodcut initial. Old marbled wrappers.
V. Gestel - Van het Schip, Maps in books of Russia and Poland 60 (p. 542, under Commelin); Tiele, Bibl. 1132; Tiele, Mém. p. 114; Howego, to 1800, B21. Van der Veer's excellent account of the earliest Dutch exploration voyages in search of a Northeast Passage. Although the purpose of the voyages was not successful, the ships stranding in the ice at Nova Zembla, the voyages brought a wealth of new information to the world, and the account became rightfully world famous. Besides, the feat of spending eight months on the exceedingly cold and bare ice at Nova Zembla, fighting ferocious bears and facing other perils, naturally touched the imagination of all, and still does today. Some minor spotting at places. Very good copy.
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