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A great source for Russian history and foreign relations

[COYETT, Balthasar].
Historisch verhael, of beschryving van de voyagie, gedaen onder de suite van den heere Koenraad van Klenk, extraordinaris ambassadeur ... aan zijne zaarsche majesteyt van Moscovien.

With etched frontispiece and 6 etched folding plates by Romeyn de Hooghe.

With etched frontispiece and 6 etched folding plates by Romeyn de Hooghe.

With etched frontispiece and 6 etched folding plates by Romeyn de Hooghe.

With etched frontispiece and 6 etched folding plates by Romeyn de Hooghe.

With etched frontispiece and 6 etched folding plates by Romeyn de Hooghe.



Amsterdam, Jan Claesz ten Hoorn, 1677. 4to. 19th-century boards. With etched frontispiece and 6 etched folding plates by Romeyn de Hooghe. [8], 214 [= 220] pp.

First edition of this valuable account detailing a Dutch embassy to Russia (1675-1676). The objective was to gain Russian participation in the anti-Swedish and anti-French alliance, and Koenraad Klenk, with his expert knowledge of Russian language and culture, was the ideal choice to lead the embassy. The mission was subsidized with more than 50,000 guilders, an extraordinary amount which was even exceeded during the journey. Although the embassy was well received and the Russians were showered with gifts, Klenk failed to persuade the Tsar to enter into war with Sweden.
The present narrative is a great source for the history of Russia and its foreign relations during the reign of Tsar Aleksei Mikhailovich. Written by Balthasar Coyett, a member of Klenk's party, it includes detailed descriptions of Russian manners and customs, and is illustrated with 6 impressively evocative plates by Romeyn de Hooghe, which are typical examples of his rich allegorical imagery.
Final leaves restored, with the missing text supplied in manuscript; some soling; binding worn. Very good copy of an excellent account of Russia.
Adelung II, pp. 359-360; V. Gestel-Van het Schip, Maps in Books of Russia and Poland 66; Landwehr, De Hooghe Book Illustrator 46; Muller, Bibl. Neerlando-Russe 200; STCN (7 copies); Tiele, Bibl. 602; Verkruijsse, Romeyn de Hooghe 1677.04; cf. Boterbloem, "Russia and Europe: The Koenraad van Klenk Embassy to Moscow (1675-76)", in: Journal of Early Modern History vol. 14 (May 2010), no. 3, pp. 187-217.


Related Subjects: Asia  Europe  Exploration & Travel  Law, Philosophy & Politics  Russia & Arctic 

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