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Moral novel on the importance of treating one's slaves properly, written by a VOC official

HOGENDORP, Willem van.
Kraspoekol, of de droevige gevolgen van eene te verregaande strengheid, jegens de slaaven.
Rotterdam, Reinier Arrenberg, 1780. 8vo. Contemporary marbled wrappers.
€ 2,500
Second edition of Willem van Hogendorps very rare moral novel Kraspoekol, narrating the "sad consequences of being overly severe with one's slaves'' (Landwehr & V.d. Krogt) and the importance of treating them properly. The publication "originated in discussion among men then organizing the first secular society [the Bataviaasch Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen] in the Orient'' (Smith Diehl). We have located only one other copy of this edition worldwide (at Cornell University). STCN and NCC record only 3 copies of the 1780 Batavia edition, which was printed by the state printer Lodewyk Dominicus.
Willem van Hogendorp (1753-1784) was a lawyer, statesman, official of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and one of the founders of the Bataviaasch Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen. Some marginal foxing and water stains. A good copy of a very rare slavery item.
KVK (1 copy); cf. Landwehr & V.d. Krogt, VOC 1574 ; Smith Diehl pp. 26-28, 145-148 (Batavia ed.).
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