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    9,[1]pp. Modern plain wrappers. First eight pages of text detached and loosely laid in. Signed by the printer on the verso of the titlepage. Very good. In a half morocco and cloth folding case, spine gilt. Regarding a resolution passed in Friesland, in northern Holland, in 1779. Kemp published a significant collection of pro-American documents in 1781. KNUTTEL 19391.

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  • [2],52,[10]pp. Folding map. 3 folding plates. Dbd., leaves bit foxed, else a very good copy. Account of an early English voyage to the East Indies. Illustrated with beautiful engravings of European and East Indian exchanges and folding map of the East Indies. First published 1625 in London as part of Samuel Purchas's PURCHAS HIS PILGRIMES. Includes a discussion of English voyages under Drake, Hawkins and others to the West Indies between 1575 and 1595. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 706/151.

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  • Saint Nicholas]: [American Revolution]

    Published by [Utrecht, Netherlands?], 1782

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    [4],27pp. Engraved titlepage vignette of a turtle. Titlepage and introductory text printed in red and black. Modern half calf and marbled boards, spine gilt. Very clean internally. Very good. Untrimmed. Apparently a criticism of the Dutch politician Nicolaas Pesters, a member of the Provincial Executive for Utrecht, at the time of the American Revolution. The title puts it forth as a study of the legend of "Sinter Klaas," a Dutch Santa-like figure. Signed in print at the end of the text by "Jan Meerweet," possibly a pseudonym. OCLC locates nine copies - Harvard, Indiana University, and seven in Holland. OCLC 63845053, 612171409. KNUTTEL 20283.

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    25pp. Small quarto. Later three-quarter vellum and boards, printed paper label. Very good. Discussion of the Dutch government, including treaty obligations, and thus the Dutch position in the New World. Not in EUROPEAN AMERICANA. KNUTTEL 7009.

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  • 16pp. Contemporary plain wrappers. Small closed tear in lower margin of titlepage. Near fine. Untrimmed. In a half morocco and cloth folding case, spine gilt. A satirical conversation between three characters, Lodewyk, Coenraat, and Frans, regarding Dutch politics at the time of the American Revolution. OCLC locates a total of six copies, four in the Netherlands, one at the British Library, and one at the Bibliotheque Nationale in France. OCLC 68467268, 559816937, 460345576.

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  • Contraduc, A.

    Published by Willem Nederlander, Batavia, 1781

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    29pp. Modern green morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, spine gilt. Spine lightly sunned. Very clean internally. Near fine. In a half morocco and cloth folding case, spine gilt. Scarce printing of this Dutch drama, featuring the character of Pieter Overal and his seven daughters.

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  • Contraduc, A.

    Published by Willem Nederlander, Batavia, 1782

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    30pp. Contemporary plain wrappers. Wrappers a bit wrinkled. Text leaves lightly tanned. Very good. In a half morocco and cloth folding case, spine gilt. Continuation of this Dutch drama, featuring the character of Pieter Overal and his seven daughters. The first part was published in Batavia the previous year.

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  • 11pp. Small quarto. Later plain wrappers. Old Harvard Library stamp on verso of titlepage, bit tanned, else clean. Downing was British Ambassador to the States General during the difficult period before the outbreak of war in 1664. In this pamphlet "the English ambassador places blame upon the Netherlands for the outbreak of hostilities between the two countries," according to the Bell catalogue, with emphasis on African disputes. But EUROPEAN AMERICANA adds: "Includes refs to Dutch West India Company & captured ships; mentions New England and New Belgium (i.e. New Netherland)." BELL D245. SABIN 20782. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 665/58. KNUTTEL 8883.

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    [8]pp. Large vignette on titlepage. Modern marbled boards. Very good. This pamphlet provides further definitions of the terms of the Twelve Years' Truce between Spain and the Netherlands. While negotiated as a prelude to permanent peace, both sides hoped to use the truce from the long and grueling Dutch war of independence to build their military resources. In the end, it greatly benefited the Dutch, who ended the peace in 1621 greatly strengthened. Rare. Not in EUROPEAN AMERICANA. KNUTTEL 1721.

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  • [2],51,[5]pp. 12mo. Later marbled wrappers. Internally quite clean. Very good. The present pamphlet describes Pring's voyage to the East Indies from 1617 to 1620. With a remarkably through index. Issued in Pieter Vander Aa's series of famous voyages. Quite rare, OCLC locates only three copies. OCLC 6714389.

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  • Bancker, Christopher

    Published by New York, 1754

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    [1]p. In Dutch. Previously folded, separated at center fold, lower fold beginning to separate. A few small chips at upper right. Tanned, light foxing. Dampstains in upper and lower right corners. Good. A letter between members of two prominent Dutch families from upstate colonial New York. Christopher Bancker, a merchant from New York City, whose son became Speaker of the New York State Assembly, writes to Myndert Schuyler, whose father and uncle both served as mayors of Albany, and whose family members were early settlers of New Amsterdam/New York and later played significant roles in the American Revolution and the founding of the United States. Bancker offers his condolences to Schuyler, and writes of illness and construction of a house. An interesting piece of correspondence between two significant political New York families.

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  • Seller image for SPOORWEG-KAART VAN JAVA EN MADOERA MET AANDUIDING DER OVERIGE HOOFDCOMMUNICATIE MIDDELEN TE LAND EN TER ZEE. TE SAMENGESTELD DOOR J.W. STEMFOORT EN J. HORA ADEMA for sale by William Reese Company - Americana
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    Folding map, 16 1/2 x 45 1/2 inches. Backed on linen. Moderate age-toning and dusting, particularly at outer margins. Slight paper loss along center fold and upper and lower outer margins of vertical folds. British mapseller's label pasted below printed map and advertisements ("Stanford's Maps" and "Stanford's Atlases") pasted on two separate panels of verso. A very good copy. In original open-ended slipcase, 8 1/2 x 5 inches, with original British mapseller's paper printed label on front. Case moderately soiled and worn with some chipping. A finely printed color road map of the islands of Java and Madura, published in the Hague in 1885. This copy was distributed by London mapseller Edward Stanford, "sole agent by appointment for the sale of ordnance maps," whose labels are found on the storage box and below the printed map and whose advertisements are on the map's verso. The map by J. W. Stemfoort and J. Hora Adema is scaled 1:1,000,000, with topographic elements shown in relief by shading with spot heights indicated. Major and secondary roads, railroad and tramways, and ferry routes along the coasts are indicated. OCLC 63613975.

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  • Netherlands - States General]

    Published by The Hague, 1665

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    30,[2]pp. Small quarto. Modern half calf and marbled boards, vellum corners. Trimmed close, else very good. A variant edition, not in EUROPEAN AMERICANA. "This memorial was written for the purpose of convincing the King of France that in the war with England, England was the aggressor, and on pp.29-32 contains details respecting the Dutch title to New Netherland, for the purpose of proving that Charles II had no right to occupy the country" - Maggs. Much of the rest of the pamphlet deals with disputes with the British in Gambia and attacks on the unscrupulous British ambassador, George Downing. MAGGS BIBLIOTHECA AMERICANA 2784. BELL N145. SABIN 20784. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 665/142 (ref). ASHER 345.

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  • [7]pp. Small quarto. Gathered sheets. Minor toning and soiling. Very good. Second edition, improved. Willem Usselincx, a leading Dutch merchant and one of the founders of the Dutch West India Company, advises against a treaty with Spain. The treaty would cause Holland to relinquish trade with the West Indies. He cites as evidence the riches acquired by Spain in Cuba and Hispaniola, and argues for Holland's right to free trade. ASHER 38. BELL 189. SABIN 98216n.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM47391

  • Seller image for JOURNAEL VAN DE NASSAUSCHE VLOOT, OFTE BESCHRIJVINGH VAN DE VOYAGIE OM DEN GANTSCHEN AERT-KLOOT.IN DE IAREN 1623, 1624, 1625 EN 1626. for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    L'Hermite, Jacques, and Jan Huygen Schapenham

    Published by Amsterdam, 1648

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    76pp. Woodcut titlepage vignette. Small quarto. Later marbled boards. Ex-lib. with shelf label and bookplate, some marginal dampstaining and tanning, marginal repair to one leaf slightly affecting sidenote, trimmed bit close but not touching main text. Overall very good. Lacks the folding plate. Reprint of the 1643 edition, enlarged, of L'Hermite's journal kept during his voyage to Peru, and first published in 1626. The 1643 edition includes de Quiros' account of Australia, which is excluded from the present edition, although it is mentioned in the title. The present edition does include an account of a 1596 English voyage to Guiana and other material relating to navigation to the East Indies, as well as Pedro de Madriga's account of Peru, none of which appeared in previous printings. SABIN 31505. JCB II:372. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 648/88.

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  • Seller image for AANTEEKENINGEN OP ENE REIS DOOR DE VEREENIGDE STATEN VAN NOORD AMERIKA EN CANADA, IN 1859 for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    Gevers Deynoot, W.T.

    Published by Martinus Nijhoff, Hague, 1860

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    [10],264pp. plus six chromolithographic plates and lithographed titlepage. Half title. Original pebbled cloth, spine gilt. Cloth a bit sunned, else near fine. A scarce account of Deynoot's trip through the United States and Canada in 1859, featuring handsome chromolithographs. Deynoot left Rotterdam and went through Liverpool on his way to New York. He travelled throughout New England, visiting the factory towns of Lowell and Lynn, Massachusetts before crossing the border to Montreal. Deynoot then went to Quebec, returned to the United States via Detroit, and went as far west as Chicago, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, and St. Paul. He steamed down the Mississippi to St. Louis, headed back east to Washington, D.C., passing through Louisville, Frankfort, Lexington, and Pittsburgh, and then through Baltimore and Philadelphia, then back to New York. The very attractive plates show the steamboat, Metropolis; hotels in New York and Boston; the Victoria bridge in Montreal; a log cabin out west and Indian wigwams beside the Mississippi; and the New York Institute for the Deaf and Dumb. One plate shows an image of the steamboat, City of Memphis, on the Mississippi, and a horse-drawn steam-powered fire engine in Cincinnati. This engine, invented by Alexander Bonner Latta and built and tested in Cincinnati, was the first practical fire engine, and Cincinnati became the first American city to replace volunteers with the horse-drawn steam fire engine and to form a paid fire department. A valuable narrative. HOWES G150, "aa." SABIN 27251.

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  • Seller image for GESCHIEDENIS VAN DE NOORD AMERIKAANSCHE STAATS-OMWENTELING for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    Ramsay, David

    Published by Campen, 1794

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    Four volumes. iv,332; [2],331; [2],334; [2],328,[7]pp. Contemporary three-quarter morocco and boards, spines gilt, leather label. Corners bumped and lightly worn. Minor scattered foxing. Very good plus. In half morocco and cloth slipcases, spines gilt. Rare Dutch edition of David Ramsay's HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, first printed in Philadelphia in 1789. As an historian and a public figure, Ramsay made an important contribution to events in Revolutionary America. His service as a military surgeon resulted in imprisonment at St. Augustine for a year after the capture of Charleston. After the war, and until his assassination by a maniac in 1815, he wrote a number of works of lasting historical value. A lovely set in a contemporary binding.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM44094

  • Seller image for MYN AANDENKEN AAN NEDERLANDS ALLIANTIE MET VRANKRYK, ZYNDE EENE BESPIEGELING VAN DE DECORATIEN ENZ. DER ILLUMINATIE OP DIE HEUCHELYKE GEBEURTENIS, ZO ALS DIE VERTOOND ZYN. for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    27pp. Frontis. Plain cream wrappers, stitched as issued. Wear and light soiling to wrappers, lower portion of wrapper starting to separate at spine. Remains of label in lower margin of titlepage (not affecting text), tideline to upper gutter of titlepage and frontispiece (just touching edge of frontis. image). Occasional light soiling and tanning throughout. Contemporary manuscript annotations on front wrapper. Very good. Untrimmed. Rare pamphlet supporting the Netherlands joining the Franco-American alliance and in support of an independent United States. Although the Dutch Republic was initially ambivalent about the American Declaration of Independence, Dutch merchants, especially in Amsterdam, noted the potential economic advantages of an independent North America. Long frustrated by the restrictions the British Navigation Acts imposed on direct trade with the American colonies, not only did Dutch merchants help supply arms to American revolutionaries, they also helped arrange a series of secret diplomatic meetings, some with the help of the French ambassador. The Dutch Republic was in the midst of its own political upheaval at this time, with their own "Patriots" (Patriotten) rising up to oppose the rule of the stadtholder, William V, Prince of Orange. The author, Pieter Pijpers (writing as J. Stichtenaar), was a poet and playwright, as well as a tobacco merchant in Amsterdam, who joined the Patriot movement in 1780. Only eleven copies are listed in OCLC, nine in the Netherlands and two in the U.K. This title has only appeared once at auction. OCLC 68850753, 504741623, 66934515. KNUTTEL 21256.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM56070

  • Seller image for TRACTAET VAN 'T BESTANT, GHEMAECKT ENDE BESLOTEN BINNEN DE STADT ENDE CITE VAN ANTWERPEN, DEN NEGENSTEN APRILIS 1609. for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    Holland-Spain Treaty]

    Published by Hillebrant Iacobz, The Hague, 1609

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    [11]pp. Large vignette on titlepage. Modern marbled boards. Very good. The original edition of the official Dutch text of the "Twelve Years' Truce" between the United Provinces and Spain. There are thirty- eight articles, of which nine deal with foreign trade. The present issue, undoubtedly the first, contains a few errors which were corrected in later issues. By this treaty the Dutch agreed to stay out of Spanish controlled possessions in the New World. However, it conceded the right of the Dutch to trade in the East Indies, and on the basis of this and the breathing room the treaty gave them, they were able to rout the Spanish in the 1620s. Savelle calls the Twelve Years' Truce "a great international triumph for all the challengers of the Hispano-Portuguese monopoly" on New World colonization, since it marked the first explicit recognition of the right of any non- Iberian people to sail to the Americas. Spain tacitly recognized the right of the Dutch to own colonies in the New World, a right which the Dutch, French, and British vigorously pursued in the ensuing decades. An important treaty and quite scarce. OCLC locates three copies. Not in EUROPEAN AMERICANA. DAVENPORT 28. KNUTTEL 1589. SAVELLE, THE ORIGINS OF AMERICAN DIPLOMACY, pp.31-34. OCLC 8525118, 17751928.

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  • Hoen, Pieter 't]

    Published by [Holland, 1778

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    Broadside, engraved folio leaf affixed to folio text leaf, approximately 17 1/2 x 17 inches total. Plate size: 8 x 12 inches. In Dutch. Light toning and edge wear, small dampstain in right margin, not affecting image. Else a near fine copy. Untrimmed. A rare, illustrated Dutch allegory on the political situation between Britain, the European powers, and America, presumably during the American Revolution. "Dr. Schasz" was the playwrighting pseudonym of Dutch journalist, patriot, and political writer Pieter 't Hoen (1745-1828). If this "Critical Show of the Stage-Actors of Dr. Schasz" refers to a particular play, it may be to part of the trilogy Hoen wrote on the subject of the American Revolution in the 1778: HET ENGELSCHE EN AMERICAANSCHE KAARTSPEL, DE GEPLAAGDE HOLLANDER., and DE MISREKENING. In the large and detailed engraving a cast of ten characters, each numbered for the explanatory key in the text below, occupies a colonial landscape, marked in the background with cannons being fired from a coastal fortress. The characters include a Mr. Brodding, looking "with downcast eyes upon the sealed papers"; William Griff, who "wails about the empty subsidy pockets and the broken teapots"; "Goodheart" ("dressed as a sailor in underwear"); "Oecnomicus"; Mercator; "Patriot"; Don Lopes and Don Aylva; Jean Prener; Dr. Schasz himself; and "the Wildman (on the other side)," who "always continues to gather his wares and to ship them while he shoot from his fortresses and his batteries, to show that he is at home." Jean Prener, with the aid of a felt board and animal pictures, is showing Dr. Shasz "the known fable of the Lion, the Bear, the Monkey, and the Fox," which is explained at length in a footnote. The fable suggests that the cleverness of Holland in its diplomacy with England during the first part of the American Revolution has spared it from British aggression. This would suggest the allegory was printed before 1780, when Britain declared war on the Dutch to prevent it from joining the League of Armed Neutrality. The broadside is apparently not listed in M.D. George's exhaustive CATALOGUE OF POLITICAL AND PERSONAL SATIRES. Very rare.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM39095

  • Seller image for TRACTAET VAN VREDE, BESLOOTEN DEN DERTICHSTEN JANAURIJ DESES JEGENWOORDIGEN JAERS.BINNEN DE STADT VAN MUNSTER. for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    Treaty of Munster]

    Published by The Hague, 1648

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    [27]pp. Engraved vignette of the coat of arms of the Netherlands on the titlepage. Small quarto. Modern gilt-stamped vellum, gilt label. Some chipping to label. Very good. The official Dutch edition of the important Treaty of Munster, by which the Dutch ended their long war with Spain and consolidated their New World gains in Brazil, the West Indies, and North America. Davenport notes that the Treaty of Munster is the first instance in which Spain "conceded to another nation, in clear and explicit terms, and in a public treaty, the right to sail to, trade, and acquire territory in the West Indies." It therefore broke irrevocably the monopoly on New World trade and colonization claimed by Spain and Portugal as part of 15th-century treaties and Papal bulls. An important treaty relating to the commercial development of the West Indies and European possessions in the New World. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 648/170. PALAU 338556. KNUTTEL 5733. DAVENPORT 40.

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  • American Revolution]: [Political Cartoon]

    Published by Lyon, 1780

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    Engraving with letterpress text beneath, the whole measuring 9 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches. Mounted at corners to modern heavy paper. Lightly soiled. Trimmed a bit close at top edge, but not into image. Very good. Engraving with printed enumerated text beneath in French and Dutch, satirizing England's condition in the face of Dutch, French, and Spanish support for America during the American Revolution. The image features an Englishman, in a bed vomiting into a bowl being held by a Dutch peasant; his backside is exposed to the viewer. Behind him is a chamber pot, and to the right is an apothecary wearing a mask and holding a large syringe. Behind him is an American with feathered headdress. In the doorway to the left are doctors and other apothecaries, being fended off by a Frenchman and a Spaniard. To the far right is an open window with ships at anchor. All the images are accompanied by explanatory text. A fairly scarce print; we locate copies at the Library of Congress, American Antiquarian Society, Library Company of Philadelphia, and the British Museum. BM SATIRES 5731.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM43249

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    Buffalo Bill]

    Published by [N.p., but Holland, 1900

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    Chromolithographic poster, three sheets joined together, 49 1/2 x 33 1/2 inches in total. A bit of slight wrinkling. Near fine. Linen- backed. A stunning poster advertising the Dutch publication of a Buffalo Bill serial magazine, showing the front cover of twelve issues packed with Western excitement. The serial is entitled THE BUFFALO BILL ORIGINAL STORIES OF THE FAR WEST, and was printed in six colors and published every two weeks. This poster actually advertises another serial magazine, featuring the adventures of detective Nick Carter, and four of those issues are featured in the corners of this poster. But the star of the show is Buffalo Bill, with the Dutch caption text asking, rhetorically, "Wie kent niet den wereldberoemden held van de Far-West Buffalo Bill" ("who does not know the world famous hero of the Far West Buffalo Bill")? A dozen Buffalo Bill covers are featured, with the titles given in English and in Dutch. Titles include "Buffalo Bill and Dark Despard"; "The Warbler from Whistleville"; "Buffalo Bill and the Blue Dwarfs"; and "Black Eagle, The Outlawed Chief," among others. The text announces that the magazine would introduce the reader to the mysterious customs of Indian tribes, and bring not only pleasure, but information. As opposed to Buffalo Bill, the Nick Carter stories are set in major East Coast and Midwestern cities, but introduce some exoticism by featuring stories involving the Chinese, or strange religious sects. By the turn of the century Buffalo Bill had already mounted several tours of England and the Continent, and this striking poster is ample evidence of his great popularity overseas, and the European thirst for adventure stories set in the American West.

    Seller Inventory # WRCAM55638

  • Seller image for REIS DOOR NOORD AMERIKA, GEDAAN DOOR DEN HEER PIETER KALM. for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    Kalm, Peter

    Published by Utrecht, 1772

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    Two volumes bound in one: [16],223,[1]; [4],240,[8]pp., plus engraved titlepage, four copper-engraved plates (one folding), and a large folding map. Lacks the half title and three-leaf subscribers list ("Lyst der Intekenaren") in the preliminary section of the second volume. Half title in first volume. Large quarto. Contemporary three-quarter vellum and Dutch patterned floral paper-covered boards, manuscript spine title. Foot of backstrip expertly repaired in matching vellum. Edges worn, boards rubbed, small area of paper loss at bottom corner of front cover. Short tear to large folding map near binding stub. Minimal edge toning to text, but mostly very clean internally. Overall very good. Untrimmed. A very nice, large copy in a handsome original binding of the first Dutch edition of Peter Kalm's travels in North America, after the Swedish first edition of 1753-61 and the rare first English edition published in Warrington in 1770-71. Lande repeated Sabin's assertion, itself taken from a Henry Stevens catalogue, that this Dutch edition is "far superior to the Swedish and English editions." Peter Kalm was in America from 1748 to 1751, and provided an account full of detailed and reliable observations. It is an important work for its commentary on colonial American social organization and natural history. Kalm made a notable trip into the back country of New York with naturalist John Bartram, as well as travelling in more settled regions. All four plates reflect Kalm's interest in the American natural world, as all show natural subjects: three depict North American birds and rodents, and one shows a waterfall in the Mohawk River. The engraved titlepage shows inset views of New York, Philadelphia, Montreal, and Quebec, surrounding a scene of two Caucasian travellers and a Native American near a dock. "Kalm's voyage was undertaken at the instigation of Linnaeus for the purpose of discovering whether any North American plants could be introduced advantageously in Sweden. It contains the most trustworthy description of the Swedish colonies of Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, and is especially important for its natural history" - Nebenzahl. The large folding map contained herein is vastly enlarged and improved over that of previous editions. Engraved by Carel Jacob de Huyser, the map depicts northeastern North America from the mouth of the Saint Laurence River near Quebec down to northern Virginia, and is entitled "Nieuwe en Nauwkeurige kaart van een gedeelte van Noord Amerika, behelzende Nieuw Engeland, New York, Pensylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, een Stuk van Virginia, Kanada en Halifax." The engraved titlepage, frequently lacking, is present in this copy. "One of the most important and reliable eighteenth-century accounts of American natural history, social organization, and political situation." - Streeter. HOWES K5, "aa." STREETER SALE 823 (1st English ed). HOWGEGO K2. LANDE 483. TPL 214. PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 2250e. NEBENZAHL 9:177. FELCONE, NEW JERSEY BOOKS 118. SABIN 36988. TIELE 577.

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  • Keulen, Gerard Van: [Saint Thomas]: [Dutch West Indies]

    Published by [Amsterdam], 1719

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    Sheet map, 22 1/2 x 38 1/2 inches. Modern color. Handsomely matted and framed. Old fold lines, some minor wear. Very good. Large and handsome chart of St. Thomas, now in the U.S. Virgin Islands but then a Dutch colony, made by the famed Van Keulen cartography firm. This map was originally published as part of a 1720 edition of Van Keulen's DE GROOTE NIEUWE VERMEERDERDE ZEE- ATLAS., a significant work containing one hundred maps and charts (see Phillips). The chart shows the entire island on a very large scale, with its topographical features and harbor depths, as well as the forts and settlements. Two insets on the right show a detailed view of the harbor of St. Thomas and the harbor of the neighboring island of St. John. Along the bottom are five profile elevations, showing the island from different angles. The map is one of the handsomest maps of the island made in the colonial period. Johannes van Keulen enrolled in the Dutch booksellers' guild in 1678 and began publishing sea charts and atlases. That same year his son, Gerard (1678-1726), was born, and he would go on to become a skillful engraver and a significant asset to the firm. "This son was endowed with talent. He was a skillful engraver and proficient in mathematics and navigational science. Gerard was responsible for establishing the scientific basis of the firm of Van Keulen" - Koeman. Gerard van Keulen took over the family business in 1704 and would go on to become the hydrographer for the East India Company in 1714, a prestigious and important office. His son, Johannes, took up the family business upon his death in 1726. PHILLIPS ATLASES 5693. KOEMAN, KEU 31.

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  • Seller image for HET GROOTE TAFEREEL DER DWAASHEID. VERTOONENDE DE OPKOMST, VOORTGANG EN ONDERGANG DER ACTIE, BUBBEL EN WINDNEGOTIE, IN VRANKRYK, ENGELAND, EN DE NEDERLANDEN, GEPLEEGT IN DEN JAARE MDCCXX. [Translation: THE GREAT MIRROR OF FOLLY, SHOWING THE RISE, PROGRESS, AND DOWNFALL OF THE BUBBLE IN STOCKS AND WINDY SPECULATION, ESPECIALLY IN FRANCE, ENGLAND, AND THE NETHERLANDS IN THE YEAR 1720.] for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    Title-leaf, 25,[1],52,31,[1],8,10pp. plus seventy-five plates (forty-seven double page, sixteen folding) including frontispiece, and three maps. Large folio. Contemporary paneled calf, ornate gilt covers and spine, black gilt morocco label. Remarkably clean and bright. Bookseller's label pasted to front free endpaper. An excellent copy, with additional engraved plate laid in. One of the great satirical plate books of the 18th century, directing its invective at the Mississippi Company of John Law, and the wild speculation and financial collapse engendered by the pioneering stock issuance of the company. The Netherlands was a particular hotbed of speculation, with over 350 million guilders invested in the scheme before its collapse. The plates and their accompanying text, in prose and poetry, begin with a portrait of John Law and follow the course of the speculation in ludicrous and sometimes obscene images. It is a remarkable final chapter to the literature of Law and the Mississippi speculation. "The book is divided into six sections, with no general table of contents. The first part contains the articles of various Dutch companies. The second section consists of comedies and farces; the third part, poems, often containing street language; the fourth part, descriptions of playing cards satirizing speculators; the fifth part, four letters to 'N.N.'; and the sixth section, chiefly pictures, although pictures appear elsewhere in the book as well" - BOUND TO PLEASE. This book has always been a bibliographically perplexing one, with no two copies seeming to collate alike. Sabin states that copies have anywhere from sixty to seventy-four plates, but ignores the supplementary series. Even Cole, the most diligent student of the book, notes: "Rarely does a single volume combine in itself so much economic interest and so many bibliographical puzzles." BOUND TO PLEASE 5. SABIN 28932. Cole, THE GREAT MIRROR OF FOLLY. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 720/114. GOLDSMITH 5879. HOWES G442. MULLER, AMERICA 1503.

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  • Seller image for NIEUWE WERELT, ANDERS GHENAEMPT WEST- INDIEN. [with:] EYGHENTLIJCKE BESCHRYVINGHE VAN WEST INDIEN. [with:] SPIEGHEL DER AUSTRALISCHE NAVIGATIE.[as issued] for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    Herrera y Tordesillas, Antonio de; P. Ordonez de Ceballos; and Jacques Le Maire

    Published by Michiel Colijn, Amsterdam, 1622

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    Three titles,separately paginated but issued together. Printed title-leaf, engraved title- leaf, [4],111pp. plus fourteen double-sheet engraved maps; second title-leaf, 3-29pp.; blank leaf, third title-leaf, engraved portrait of Le Maire on verso, seven dedication and preface leaves, 72pp., numbered leaves 73-85, plus three engraved maps (two double-sheet, one folding), and including five engraved illustrations in the text. Folio. Contemporary vellum. Minor repairs to spine ends, short split to rear joint, some soiling. Lacks free endpapers. Early ink notations on front pastedown, first few leaves mounted on stubs, fore-edge of first title-leaf strengthened. Internally clean. Very good. Three highly important accounts of New World and Pacific explorations, bound together as issued. Most significant is the first publication of the full journal of Jacques Le Maire's circumnavigation, the first voyage to successfully round Cape Horn. Antonio de Herrera's account is derived from the Spanish original, first published in Madrid in 1601. It was next published in Latin, French, and Dutch editions, all issued in Amsterdam in 1622, using the same engravings (there are some variations in the compositions of the various editions). All editions are now rare. This Dutch-language edition of Herrera was issued with the two additional works: that of Ceballos on the West Indies, and Le Maire's highly-important account of his voyage to Australia. The portrait of Le Maire on the verso of the third titlepage, present here in a fine impression, is often absent. The first two parts of the present volume concentrate on knowledge of the New World, with excellent maps of Central and South America, and those of the Pacific Coast adding considerable new information to geographical knowledge. In addition, the Latin titlepage to Herrera's work is decorated with the Castilian arms, vignettes of six Aztec gods, and Mexican scenes. It is the third work bound here, however, that is of the greatest interest. Therein, Le Maire's voyage in search of Terra Australis is described in full. This work represents the first true publication of the journal of the Le Maire-Schouten expedition around the world (as opposed to that published by Blaeu under Schouten's name in 1618 [see Schilder, pp.34-36]). Sailing through Le Maire Strait and rounding Patagonia via Cape Horn, this voyage had an enormous effect on future navigation, helping to put an end to the idea of the imaginary Southland. Also, Le Maire's discovery of and voyage around Cape Horn relieved the trading monopoly of the East India Company by finding an alternative route to the East Indies that did not violate the Company Charter, which prevented other Dutch trading companies from using the existing routes of the Straits of Magellan and Cape of Good Hope. Partly inspired by Quiros and motivated by Dutch trading zeal, this was the essential precursor to Tasman's voyage. Indeed, Tasman made great use of Le Maire's mapping of the ocean. The Le Maire voyage, the last of the 17th-century expeditions to search for the unknown continent from the East, was responsible for extensive discoveries in the Pacific, shown in excellent detail on the various maps contained herein. There are also four fine engraved views, three of which show the Eendract at anchor in the Solomon and Cocos islands. The small map on the titlepage (of both the first and third works here) is of particular importance because it is the earliest published cartographic representation of California as an island. Further, the magnificent series of double-sheet maps includes thirteen of North, Central and South America, while the remaining four are particularly impressive representations of the Pacific. One in particular, larger than the others, depicts Le Maire's route through the ocean, with detailed mapping of New Guinea and of the Pacific island groups visited. Le Maire's voyage in 1616 resulted in a large number of Pacific discoveries, but it also established for the first time that New Guinea was not part of a great continent extending indefinitely to the East. This new knowledge entirely altered the European perception of the archipelago, which had remained unchanged since 1545. Herrera was official historian to kings Philip II, III, and IV, and his NIEUWE WERELT is essentially a precursor to his magnum opus, HISTORIA GENERAL DE LOS HECHOS DE LOS CASTELLANOS EN LAS ISLAS TERRA FIRME DEL MAR OCEANO, which eventually covered eight decades of voyages and travels published in 1601-1615. Not in Hill, Church or Jones. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 622/69, 621/93, 622/78. WAGNER SPANISH SOUTHWEST 12d. SABIN 14348, 31542, 14352 ,14353, 44059. BORBA DE MORAES, p.400. JCB II:166, II:156, KROEPELIEN 561 (Latin ed). PALAU 114296, 203656 (note). TIELE, pp.56-7,314-16. STREIT II:1533. POLK, THE ISLAND OF CALIFORNIA, p.283, plate 43. LEIGHLY 1. McLAUGHLIN TITLEPAGE AND FRONTISPIECE CHECKLIST 1. Sharp, DISCOVERY OF THE PACIFIC ISLANDS, pp.73-78. Schilder, AUSTRALIA UNVEILED, pp.32-36 and passim.

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  • Seller image for NAAUKEURIGE VERSAMELING DER GEDENK-WAARDIGSTE ZEE EN LAND-REYSEN NA OOST EN WEST-INDI╦N. for sale by William Reese Company - Americana

    Van der Aa, Pieter, editor

    Published by Pieter Vander Aa, Leyden, 1707

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    127 parts in twenty-eight volumes (with volume 13 in two), with 107 engraved folding maps and 505 folding plates. Later calf, spines gilt, gilt morocco labels. Some hinges cracked, spines chipping lightly, boards rubbed in places. Some toning and light foxing internally. Still a very good, handsome set. A complete first octavo edition of Pieter Van der Aa's comprehensive collection of memorable voyages translated into Dutch, which includes over 500 engraved views, as well as 107 engraved maps. Van der Aa's spectacular production gathers travel accounts of voyages from 1246-1696 from reputable sources such as De Bry, Hakluyt, Herrera, de Barros, Thevenot, and includes all of the earliest voyages to the Americas such as Columbus, Vasco de Gama, Cortes, Drake, as well as all other major and minor European voyages. A folio edition was also planned and begun simultaneously, but then abandoned and eventually completed in 1727. Pieter Van der Aa was an accomplished Leiden publisher, who was eventually named chief printer for the city and for the university in 1715. His output consisted largely of repackaging known texts and maps into sets and atlases, as here. Though he lacked creativity, his work is nevertheless remarkable for the exactness and quality of its production in combination with the scope of the projects that he undertook. The texts compiled here are principally gathered from other published works and translated into Dutch, and many of the maps and engravings are taken from the work of Johann Lodewyk Gottfried, whom he credits on the titlepages of the later folio edition, but not in the present octavo volumes. "This collection includes the most remarkable voyages and travels made by the Portuguese, Spaniards, English, Dutch and other nations in various parts of the world, though chiefly in the East and West Indies.Each of the narratives in the collection are separately paged and have separate title pages.[In the octavo edition,] they are placed chronologically or are intended so to be throughout twenty-eight volumes, beginning with the narrative of Duplan Carpin, the Pope's Nuncio in Tartary in 1246-7, and ending with GOD's PROTECTING PROVIDENCE of John Dickinson in 1696" - JCB. For a complete listing of voyages relating to America, see the entry in European Americana; for a complete listing of all voyages (though ordered differently), see the entry for the folio edition in the John Carter Brown Library catalogue. Excessively rare as a complete set, and very seldom encountered on the market thus. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 707/2. JCB (1)III:88. JCB (1)III:398 (ref). LeCLERC 1059. NICHOLSON A5. SABIN 3. TIELE 5.

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