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HOLLANDSCHE MERCURIUS...
Haarlem, 1691. Small, thick quarto. Vellum over boards, manuscript spine labelling, edges sprinkled. Some light wear to edges of boards. Binding slightly separating from text block on first volume. Minor scattered foxing and toning, but generally quite clean internally. Very good, a handsome set in contemporary vellum. A complete run of this rare Dutch periodical recording news and events across the Dutch world, and with a wealth of information on the Dutch colonies. It was published by Pieter Casteleyn from 1651 to 1678, when his younger brother Abraham took over the publication. Upon Abraham's death a few years later, his wife took over publication until 1691. This run thus contains a complete set of the publication as issued by the Casteleyns (the work was later revived using the same title, but Sabin is incorrect in stating it was the same periodical). The exhaustive newsletter contained news from Europe - particularly England and France - and the Dutch colonies, such as New Amsterdam in North America, Brazil, and the activities of the Dutch East India Company. Each issue contains an engraved frontispiece and occasionally an engraved view or map. The early issues include several folding plates depicting naval battles; views include the island of Formosa; there are maps of different towns in Europe, including Strasbourg, Ghent, and London; and the frontispiece of the issue for 1660 shows a vignette of Oliver Cromwell being knocked down by the hand of God opposite a portrait of Charles II. The final settlement of the Eighty Years War with the peace treaties of 1648 cemented the many gains the Dutch seaborne empire had achieved. The period covered by the present newsletter begins a few years later, and corresponds to the height of the Dutch "Golden Century". During this period the Dutch built up their empire in the Far East in the hands of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). In the 1650's they still pursued an policy of expansion in northeast Brazil, until ceding it to Portugal in 1661 in exchange for Portuguese interests in the East Indies. They kept a foothold in North America in New Amsterdam until 1664, and in various Caribbean islands after that. They also controlled the Cape of Good Hope. There is thus much of note here for historians of the New World and the East Indies. A fine run of this important Dutch newsletter, with a wealth of information on Holland and its colonies in the Golden Age. SABIN 32523. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 651/87. MULLER (1872), 965. JCB(3), II:410. BELL H248.
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