DISCOURS OF VOYAGES INTO YE EASTE & WEST INDIES.]

Linschoten, Jan Huygen van:

Published by London: Imprinted by John Wolfe, 1598., 1598
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[9],197,[2],198-259 [i.e. 295],[3],307-462pp. Titlepage for the Second Booke bound in place of engraved titlepage, which is lacking. Text only, lacking all plates and maps. Small folio. Modern calf, spine gilt. Binding lightly rubbed at extremities. Top inch of titlepage trimmed; titlepage moderately soiled. Some tanning and soiling, particularly to the edges of leaves. Edge of second leaf chipped and repaired; top of second leaf chipped where an inscription has been erased. Page 1 chipped and heavily soiled on fore edge. With many in-text maps. Good. A copy text of the first English edition of Linschoten's classic, the most important description of the East Indies in the Age of Discovery, translated from the first Dutch edition of 1596. Linschoten travelled to Goa in 1583 as a clerk to the Portuguese Archbishop of Goa, and remained there for six years. While in India he also served the Archbishop of Goa. Returning to Holland in 1592, he prepared his notes for the Amsterdam publisher, Claeszoon, in response to interest in the Netherlands and other European countries about commercial possibilities in Asia. As trade in the Far East was dependent on routes via America or Africa, his work eventually encompassed the entire globe, including Spanish and Portuguese activities in America. Linschoten's ITINERARIO, VOYAGE, OFTE SCHIPVAERT soon was considered the single most significant source regarding the East and West Indies and numerous editions were published in Dutch, Latin, French, German, and English. Klooster describes the work as "a magnificent panorama of pictures and maps of the non-European world. ITINERARIO contained so much detailed and accurate information about shipping lanes, winds, and currents, that seafarers could use it virtually as a handbook. Many of his maps were in fact copies of the excellent models of the Portuguese cartographer Fernão Vaz Dourado." The woodcut maps in the text are of Madagascar, Sumatra, Java, and St. Helena. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 598/57. SABIN 41374. CHURCH 321. ARENTS (ADD.) 110. BORBA DE MORAES, p.488. JCB (3)I:362. KLOOSTER, DUTCH IN THE AMERICAS, p.8. ESTC S111823. Bookseller Inventory # WRCAM 40768

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Title: DISCOURS OF VOYAGES INTO YE EASTE & WEST ...

Publisher: London: Imprinted by John Wolfe, 1598.

Publication Date: 1598

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