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MALAY ARCHIPELAGO -- VOC -- MATELIEF -- HISTORIALE ende ware Beschrijvinge vande reyse des Admiraels Cornelis Matelief de Jonghe, naer de Oost-Indien, wtghetrocken in Mayo 1605. Mitsg. de belegheringhe voor Malacca, als ooc den slagh ter Zee tegehn de Portugijssche armade, e.a. discoursen. Rott., Jan Jansz., 1608. (12) pp. 4°. W. square woodcut on ti.-p. representing a harbour city on fire and ships in the foreground. No cover. (Small tear in ti.-p. and some faint staining, but excellent copy).

Cornelis Matelief de Jonge (1569-1632) was appointed admiral of a Dutch East India Company (VOC) fleet of 11 ships that set sail from Europe to the East Indies in 1605. The voyage brought Matelief’s ships around the Cape of Good Hope in Africa and across the Indian Ocean to Johor, Malacca, Banten, the Moluccas, Mindanao, the Fujian Coast, the kingdom of Champa on the coast of present-day Vietnam and back to Java. Matelief’s voyage to Asia is best remembered for the maritime siege he laid on Malacca between May and August 1606; his engagement at sea with the armada of the Portuguese viceroy; his destruction of half of the Portuguese fleet in the port of Malacca; and the founding of a Dutch fort at the town of Malayur on the northern coast of the Moluccan island of Ternate. - Extremely rare first edition of Matelief's account. Tiele, Mémoire, 208; Tiele 723; Knuttel 1511; Landwehr, VOC, 200 (not the re-edition mentioned which has no preface).

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