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Compelling account of shipwreck and survival

BONTEKOE, Willem Ysbrantsz. Journael ofte gedenckwaerdige beschrijvinge van de Oost-Indische reyse. Begrijpende veel wonderlijcke en ghevaerlijcke saecken hem daer in weder-varen. Begonnen den 18. December 1618. en vol-eynd den 16. November 1625. Waer by gevoegd is het Journael van Dirck Albertsz Raven, als oock verscheyden gedenckwaerdige geschiedenissen, op veel plaetsen verbetert en een groot deel vermeerdert.
Amsterdam, Joost Hartgers, 1648. 2 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With a double-page engraved plate with 6 views of the ship at fire and in a storm, the islands St. Mary, Samatra and Princes Eyland, and an image of flying fishes. Modern marbled wrappers. [4], 76 pp. Full description
€ 6,500
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Provisional agreement between the Netherlands and Portugal over Ceylon

[CEYLON]. Provisioneel ende particulier tractaet, gemaeckt, gearresteert ende besloten in 's Graven-Hage, den 27. Martii, 1645. tusschen de heer Francisco de Zousa Continho, raedt ende ambassadeur van den doorluchtighsten grootmachtigen Koningh van Portugael, Algarves, &c. ...; ende de ... Staten Generael van de Vereenighde Nederlandtsche Provincien, &c. aengaende de controversie over de jurisdictie ende territorie van 't Fort Galle [in Ceylon], &c.
The Hague widow and heirs of Hillebrandt Jacobsz. van Wouw, 1645 [= The Hague, Paulus Scheltus, ca. 1697?]. 4to. Modern plain-paper wrapper. [8] pp. Full description
€ 300
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A critical account of Formosa and its loss by the VOC in 1662

[COYETT, Frederic]. 't Verwaerloosde Formosa, of waerachtig verhael, hoedanigh door verwaerloosinge der Nederlanders in Oost-Indien, het eylant Formosa, van den Chinesen mandorijn, ende zeerover Coxinja, overrompelt, vermeestert, ende ontweldight is geworden.
Amsterdam, Jan Claesz. ten Hoorn, Michiel Pieters, 1675. 3 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With an etched frontispiece including a map of Formosa and view of the Dutch fortress there, and 8 etched views on 7 plates. Modern vellum. [8], 45, [1 blank]; [2], 72; 38, [2 blank] pp. Full description
€ 22,500
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Contemporary Dutch manuscript translation of 1607 letter from the King of Siam to the Prince of Orange

EKATHOTSAROT, King of Ayutthaya (Siam/Thailand). Translaet van eenen brieff geschreven in gout ende bij den Coninck van Syam gesonden aen Sijn Excellentie Mauritio de Nassau.
[The Hague?, ca. 1608]. Folio (34 x 21 cm). Dutch manuscript translation of a 1607 letter from Ekathatsarot, King of Ayutthaya (Siam/Thailand) to Maurits of Nassau, Prince of Orange (received in 1608), distributed as a manuscript newspaper. [1] leaf. Full description
€ 28,000
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Magnificent engraving of Speelman’s victory over the Kingdom of Makassar

[VIEW - MAKASSAR]. HOOGHE, Romeyn de. Victorien der Nederl. Geoct. O. Compagnie op het Koninkryck van Macasser door den Ed. heer C. Speelman.
[Amsterdam?, 1669]. Engraved view (40 x 54.5 cm), with two battle scenes on top, flanked by portraits of Speelman and Radjah Palacca, with in the centre a laurel wreath with the monogram of the VOC, surrounded by Mars and Mercury, and a banderole with the title; and with letterpress text below the view (11 x 54.5 cm), including two poems by the famous Dutch poet Joost van den Vondel and numbered keys referring to the plate. Framed (75 x 81 cm). Full description
€ 2,950
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Extremely rare account of the capture of Java by the British in 1811,
dedicated by the author and with a manuscript map and notes

[MILITARIA - JAVA]. [TAYLOR, Thomas William?]. The lay of Cornelis, in three cantos. By an officer who was present at the storm of the French camp, at that place, 26th August, 1811.
Kolkata (Calcutta), The Telegraph Press, 1812. Large 8vo. With a folding manuscript map of the battle tipped in before the title-page (22 x 18 cm). Contemporary half red morocco, blue paper sides, gold-tooled spine, marbled edges, blue endpapers. 2 ll with manuscript text, 36 blank ll, [1], IV, 64 pp, 3 blank ll, 16 ll with manuscript text, 193 blank ll. Full description
€ 4,250
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Japanese plants depicted for the first time in the West

KAEMPFER, Engelbert (Sir Joseph BANKS, ed.). Icones selectæ plantarum, quas in Japonia collegit et delineavit.
London, [Library of the British Museum], 1791. Folio (42 x 26.5 cm.). With 59 etched plates, (8 are double-page), by Daniel Mackenzie. Slightly later half calf, marbled sides, gold-tooled monogram AL on spine. [4], 3, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 38,000
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