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Adventurous journey to Ceylon, including descriptions of Terceira, St. Helena
and survival on Mauritius after a shipwreck

[AERTSBERGUE?].
A voyage to the island of Ceylon: on board a Dutch Indiaman, in the year M.DCC.XLVII. Containing a succinct relation of the productions, trade, and inhabitants of that place. Together with some account of St. Helena and other islands ... Written by a Dutch gentleman.
London, for Joseph Bouquet, 1754. 8vo. Modern wrappers. [4], 24 pp.
€ 3,750
Rare first English edition of the description of a voyage to Ceylon, beginning on a Dutch East Indiaman, written by a Dutchman who survived the disastrous voyage. The book never names the author, but the second English edition, published in Dublin the following year, apparently calls him the "Dutch gentleman Aertsbergue", probably an English rendering of "Heer van Aertsbergen" or Aertsberge, Aertsberch or something similar. The title-page notes that it is "translated from a copy of the original, transmitted to the publisher of the Evening Advertiser" but we have found no record of a Dutch edition, so the Dutch text may have circulated only in manuscript.
After accounts of the stay at the harbour of Angra on the island Terceira (one of the Azores; pp. 1-4), and on St. Helena (pp. 4-6) after a storm forced them there, the ship sailed on to the Cape, then set off for the East Indies, but got caught in a storm and sank a few days later. The first group to abandon ship crowded into the (small) yawl, while the author was one of about 150 who waited and set off in the longboat. They saw the ship go down with most of the men and saw the yawl follow it soon after.dy cared for, were the victims. On the evening They rowed all night but remained far from land, so they made a makshift sail, using an oar as a mast. Finally they reached Mauritius where they survived as maroons for six months. An English East Indiaman brought the author and 23 others to Ceylon, while the majority chose to wait and were rescued by a Dutch East Indiaman that took them back to Amsterdam. The author remained two years in Ceylon. The author never names the ships or their captains and gives no date for the wreck, making it difficult to identify.
Binding somewhat loose and paper a bit brittle, otherwise in good condition. ESTC T61272 (8 copies); not in Tiele; Landwehr, VOC; Cat. Ned. Scheepvaart Mus.
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