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Het Leven en Bedryf van den heere Michiel de Ruiter, Hertog, Riddler, &c.

Brandt, Gerard.

Published by Voor Wolfgang, Waasberge, Boom, van Someren en Goethals, Amsterdam, 1687
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First edition monograph on the life and exploits of Michiel Adriaenszoon de Ruyter (1607?76), an accomplished and beloved Dutch admiral who served in the Navy from 1637 until his death from cannonball injuries sustained in battle. Sailing the Baltic and Mediterranean seas, and voyaging to => South America, Greenland, Mauritius, Portugal, Guinea, and the West Indies, M.A. de Ruyter valiantly fought the English, curbed piracy, and freed Christian slaves along the way. In 1673 he was promoted to Lieutenant Admiral General of Holland and West Friesland, which is the title used to describe him here. His biographer, Geeraert Brandt (1626?85), was an accomplished Dutch writer of poetry and prose, best known for this and his other historical works. The text is in Dutch and occasional Latin, printed in roman and italic with sidenotes, handsome woodcut initials and tailpieces, and a large woodcut printers' device on the title-page. Although a number of plates have been removed, this copy retains two full-page engravings by Sebastiaen Stoopendael and one by Joseph Mulder, respectively: the => added title-page printed chez P. & J. Blaeu; a portrait of the Admiral; and an illustration of his grand tomb at the New Church in Amsterdam. A transcription of his epitaph in Latin is found on the next page, followed by a section of "Gedichten" (poems) in the Admiral's honor composed by the author and illustrious contemporaries. Folio (31.4 cm, 12.3"). [4] ff., 1063 (i.e., 1065), [25] pp.; 3 pls. (lacking 9). Sabin 7405 (listing a prior 4to ed. in 1671); STCN 168702; Scheepvaart Mus. 843. On M.A. de Ruyter and G. Brandt, see: NNBW, V, pp. 628?32 (citing this edition), and VI, 184?87. Recent black cloth, author and title gilt on red morocco spine label; marbled endpapers, edges speckled red. Ex-library: bookplate on front pastedown, stamp on rear pastedown and on bottom edge. Nine paper stubs where plates removed. One leaf added between pp. 1060?61, and rear fly-leaf mounted on marbled endpaper; two conjugate leaves detached. Negligible bit of worming in very upper edge of some leaves. Occasional mild foxing and scattered small stains, light browning affecting ten or so leaves, and a few dampstains. Two closed marginal tears, and a small bit of paper torn near lower gutter of about 20 leaves. Much prettier inside than out. Bookseller Inventory # 30849

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Title: Het Leven en Bedryf van den heere Michiel de...

Publisher: Voor Wolfgang, Waasberge, Boom, van Someren en Goethals, Amsterdam

Publication Date: 1687

Edition: 1st Edition

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