Description: AMSTERDAM -- PONTANUS, J.I. Historische Beschrijvinghe der seer wijt beroemde Coop-stadt Amsterdam (…). In Nederduyts overgheset d. P. Montanus. Amst., J. Hondius, 1614. (8), 360, (6) pp., last blank. W. 7 fold. plates , 51 fine engr. in text by B. Wright and woodcut printer's device (dog with paw on globe) on ti. & at end. 4°. Mod. vellum. (Bind. a bit warped, new endpapers, (slightly) waterstained throughout, ti-p. remargined w. Japanese paper, sev. fold. plates w. rep. tears and/or reattached, 1 map professionally backed to restore tears, the index at the end taken from another copy and waterstained). Rare second augmented edition in Dutch (first in Latin, 1611) of the earliest description of Amsterdam. Pontanus' work far exceeds the limits of the usual town-books, because it incorporates the history of the voyages of exploration and maritime trade undertaken by the enterprising citizens of Amsterdam. Of special importance are the accounts of Dutch explorations in the East-Indies, including the accounts of the two first voyages to the East Indies. Containing also the famous report of Willem Barentsz' voyages to the Arctic region in search of a North-East passage to Asia (1594-97), derived from De Veer's Diarium nauticum as well as from Van Linschoten's Diarium. - Nijhoff/v. Hattum, 253; Sabin, 64002; Tiele, 877.
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