1ST ED. EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNT OF VOC VOYAGE TO EAST INDIES, 1606-1609
CLAESZ. VAN PURMERENDT, Cornelis. Journael, ofte Een Oost-Indische-reys-beschrijvinghe, ... Verhalende veel besondere vreemdigheden van landen, lieden het belegeren van Monsambiecke en Goa, met het veroveren van de Portugese kraecke en andere schepe.
Amsterdam, Gerrit van Goedesbergen [printed by Baltus de Wild'?], 1651. 4to. With woodcut title vignette, and folding engraved plate of sea battle before the coast of Mozambique. Old vellum over boards, modern endpapers.
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First edition of a travel account of the fourth expedition with 8 vessels, under command of admiral Paulus van Caerden, sent by the VOC to secure and expand its commercial interests. The account was written by the helmsman Cornelis Claesz. van Purmerendt on the ship Bantam, which left Texel for the East Indies in 1606. It reports the oddities, inhabitants, religions, natural history and botany of the countries visited. The exceptional part in this account is the chapter on depths, shallows, sandbanks, beaches, harbours, bays and currents, especially around the East Indies and India. Claesz. remained on the vessel Bantam until March 1608; after that date he was on the Ceylon on which he visited the Bantam. In 1609 he returned home. Cornelis Claesz. and his fleet attacked Mozambique and Goa in the years 1606-1609. This is one of the most important sources existent on the Dutch battles against the Portuguese in East Asia.
Spine damaged. Good copy.