Auction 355 Old & Rare Books - Various subjects

MARITIME HISTORY - TRAVELLING -- BERKEL, A. v. Amerikaansche voyagien, behelzende een reis na Rio de Berbice, Gelegen op het vaste Land van Guiana, aande Wilde-kust van America, Mitsgaders een andere na de Colonie van Suriname, Gelegen in het Noorder Deel van het gemelde Landschap Guiana. Amst., J. ten Hoorn, 1695. 2 in 1 vol. (8), 139, (5) pp. W. engr. front. & 2 fold. engr. plates by C. Luyken. Sm-4°. Mod. hcf. w. red label & marbled paper on sides. (Inner margin front. renewed, small rep. to v° first plate and small tear on fold of 2nd plate, a few small marg. rep, slightly soiled/thumbed in places, but a good copy).

One of the most important and earliest publications of the Dutch presence in modern Guyana and one of the rarest titles on Surinam. It is one of the first printed reports on the Dutch Colonies of Berbice and Essequibo and the only existing eyewitness information on Berbice dating from this period. The first part of the book consists of van Berkel’s voyage to the Colony of Berbice between 1670 and 1674 (incl. descriptions of several Indian tribes, and treatment of slaves), the second part is a fictitious journey to Suriname made in the 1680s. - Doorne/Kempen, Suriname-cat. v.d. UB A'dam, 0599; Sabin 4874; Tiele 95 (erroneously calls for 1693 as year of publication); Van Eeghen/v.d. Kellen 258; Klaversma/Hannema 147. Extensively: v.d. Bel, Hulsman & Wagenaar "The Voyages of Adriaan van Berkel to Guiana: Amerindian-Dutch Relationships in 17th-Century Guyana" (2014). - From the library of J.W. Six and with his bookplate. - See Cat. Six de Vromade Part 1 nr. 612 ("Très rare").

€ 3000

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