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Account of the first Dutch circumnavigation of the globeby Olivier van Noort, 1598-1601

NOORT, Olivier van.
Journael van de wonderlijcke vooyagie door de Straet Magalanes, ende voorts den gantschen kloot des aerdtbodems om, gedaen met vier scheepen, onder het beleydt van Olivier van Noordt, uytgevaren in 't jaer 1598 ...Amsterdam, Gillis Joosten Saeghman, [1663]. 4to. With a woodcut on title page, nearly full-page woodcut on its verso and 2 engraved and 4 woodcut illustrations in the text. 19th-century brown cloth.
€ 3,950
Rare edition of the famous account of the circumnavigation by Olivier van Noort (1559-1627) in the years 1598 to 1601. Van Noort was the fourth to circumnavigate the globe and the first Dutchman to do so. His predecessors were Magellan, Drake and Cavendish. He left Holland in 1598 with four ships and orders to attack the Spanish and Portuguese and harass them in any way possible. After many adventures Van Noort returned in 1601 with only one ship and only a few dozen of his crew. Those few had survived numerous skirmishes with the Portuguese and Spanish, and attacks by natives at Puerto Deseada and Tierra del Fuego, the former described here as "zeer groot van gestalte" (very large in stature) leading to tales of giants. They suffered from scurvy and survived on penguin meat and ostrich eggs. Van Noort's story was extremely popular and as the first Dutchman to sail round the world he was revered out of national pride, even though his voyage accomplished little.With a 19th-century owner's name on an endleaf and an occasional word underlined. In very good condition. Cloth of backstrip gone and cloth frayed at the corners. Rare edition of an account of one of the earliest voyages around the world.
Sabin 55444; STCN (5 copies); Tiele 809, p. 182; Tiele, Memoire, pp. 35-36.
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