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The East and West Indian Mirror, being an account of Joris van Spilbergen's voyage round the world (1614-1617) , and the Australian navigations of Jacob Le Maire [Second Series, No. XVIII]

Spilbergen, Joris van (Text by); De Villiers, John Abraham Jacob (Translated, with Notes and an Introduction by)

Published by Printed for The Hakluyt Society, London, 1906
Condition: g to vg Soft cover

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Quarto. LXI, [7], 272, 40pp. Uncut and unopened copy! Original gilt-, and blind-stamped blue cloth, with gold lettering on spine. Decorative head-, tailpieces and initials. Van Spilbergen, a sea captain employed by the Dutch East India Company, officially sailed to the Pacific in 1614 in order to seek out new maritime routes. Unofficially, he went as a privateer, aiming to sack the coastal towns of Spanish America and to seize as much silver as possible. Justification for these activities came from the Dutch struggle to secure their independence from the Spanish monarchy, a battle which, following an uneasy truce in 1609, had shifted to the New World. Van Spilbergen modeled himself upon Drake, and his journal ("Oost ende West-Indische Spiegel der nieuwe Navigatien,.") published for the first time in 1619, presented his victories against the Spaniards, notably the destruction of a number of Spanish ships off the coast of Peru, as central to the Dutch war for independence. His book also offered Europeans their first views of the towns Spaniards had established on America's Pacific Coast, including the ports of Callao and Acapulco. This remarkable volume is translation of the original Dutch edition "Oost ende West-Indische Spiegel der nieuwe Navigatien,." (Leyden 1619). The title page, plates and maps and various passages of the original edition, the title page of the 1621 Amsterdam edition, and Le Maire's portrait in the 1622 Dutch edition of A. de Herrea's "Indias Occidentales" are reproduced in facsimile. Also includes the following texts: "Description of the government of Peru, compiled by . Pedro de Madriga, a native of Lima": pp. 86-99; "The kingdom of Chili and its circumstances" by Jacob Dirickszoon van Purmerlant: pp. 100-132; "A discourse by the very renowned Apoloni Schot, a native of Middleburgh in Zeeland [on the Molucca islands]": pp. 133-153; "A short description of the number and position of the forts . in the service of the general company in the Indies under the rule of . the States general of the United Netherlands and of his Pr. Ex. Maurice of Nassau, prince of Orange, July, 1616": pp. 154-159; "List of vessels": pp. 160. This book is complete with its 25 striking plates. Minor shelf wear. Age toning to spine. Offsetting to endpapers. Binding in overall good to good+, interior in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 39250

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Title: The East and West Indian Mirror, being an ...

Publisher: Printed for The Hakluyt Society, London

Publication Date: 1906

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:g to vg

Edition: First edition.

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