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Poetic descriptions of Batavia, India, the Cape, Dutch country estates and notable persons

MARRE, Jan de.
Batavia, begrepen in zes boeken.
Amsterdam, Adriaan Wor & heirs of G. onder de Linden, 1740. With an engraved frontispiece and an elaborate title-vignette, both by J. Punt, dated 1739. And with a folding engraved plate of Jakarta "as it was in 1731" by Jan van der Laan.
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(2) MARRE, Jan de. Bespiegelingen over gods wysheid in't bestier der schepselen, en eerkroon voor de Caab de Goede Hoop.
Amsterdam, Adriaan Wor & heirs of G. onder de Linden, 1746. With the same title-vignette as ad. 1, a lavish heraldic and allegorical engraving at the head of the dedication to Pieter Rendorp (major of Amsterdam).
(3) MARRE, Jan de. Hof- en mengeldichten.
Amsterdam, Adriaan Wor & heirs of G. onder de Linden, 1746. With the same title-vignette as ads. 1 and 2.
3 works in 1 volume, the first work in 6 parts. 4to. Contemporary vellum, red spine label. [36], 320, [6]; [42], 178, [22], [20], 214, [4] pp.
€ 1,500
Three first editions, from the same publisher and in matching format, of poetic works in Dutch by Jan de Marre (1696-1763), who was a sailor for 20 years and based some of his works on his voyages to Asia. The first work in the present collection is on Batavia (now Jakarta). He describes in verse the glorious rise of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and its capital on Java. It is ranked one of the best Dutch poems of its time (see Van der Aa). One of its six parts concerns the Dutch trade on the Malabar Coast of India and Ceylon. The engraved frontispiece depicts subjugated black people offering valuables to the glorious personification of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) with a view of Batavia in the background. De Marre's second work (ad. 2) praises the Dutch colony at the Cape of Good Hope (Cape Town) in the same format as his Batavia. It gives information on the topography and natural history of the Cape region. The third work in the present collection is a series of laudatory poems for notable country estates and persons, including one on the art of Rachel Ruisch, dated 1737.
Binding and paper slightly browned. Spine slightly worn. Otherwise in good condition. Ad. 1: Landwehr, VOC 1547; STCN 186620837; V.d. Krogt 788; ad. 2: Landwehr, VOC 1548; STCN 186660723; ad. 3: STCN 186860617; Van Veen, De soeticheydt des buyten-levens pp. 90-92; for the author: V.d. Aa XII, p. 285.
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