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Important work on the Dutch-Portuguese wars in Brazil

MOREAU, Pierre.
Klare en waarachtige beschryving van de leste beroerten en afval der Portugezen in Brasil; daar in d'oorsprong dezer zwarigheden en oorlogen klarelijk vertoont worden. Met de reisbeschrijving van de zelve schrijver naar Brasil.
Amsterdam, Jan Hendriksz. Boom and Jan Rieuwertsz., 1652. 4to. With engraved plan of Mauritsstad on title-page (9.5 x 13.5 cm) and 4 half-page engravings in text. Modern half calf, filled-out with blank leaves.
€ 4,500
First and only edition of the Dutch translation of a work on the Dutch-Portuguese wars in Brazil by Pierre Moreau, a French secretary in Dutch service who came to Pernambuco in 1646. His clear description contains many curious details about the reason for the war, mentioned nowhere else.
"Historians universally praise his work. It is undoubtedly an essential source book for information about the events which occurred at the beginning of the Dutch war, as well as giving an idea of the socioeconomic aspect of life in Pernambuco under the Dutch occupation" (Borba de Moreas). The work was translated into Dutch by Jan Hendrik Glazemaker, known for his translations of Descartes and Spinoza.
Slightly browned, a few water stains and a rubbed spine, but in good condition. An essential work on the Dutch-Portuguese wars in Brazil.
Asher 277; Borba de Moreas, p. 595; Rodrigues 1711; Sabin 50580; STCN (7 copies).
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