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Auction 125, Lot 938

"The Voyage of John Huyghen van Linschoten to the East Indies in Two Volumes", Linschoten, Jan Juygen van

Subject: Exploration and Surveys, Asia

Period: 1988 (published)


Color: Black & White

5.7 x 8.5 inches
14.5 x 21.6 cm

This is the Asian Educational Services reprint from the 1885 Hakluyt Society edition, edited by Arthur Coke Burnell and P.A. Tiele. The book tells the story of Linschoten's travels in vivid detail with chapters describing his experiences throughout the Orient. The author describes the customs, cultures, scenery and wildlife seen during his time abroad and most importantly provided the geographic key to unlocking the Portuguese grip on passage through the Malacca Strait - suggesting a route through the Sunda Strait instead. Linschoten's observations were instrumental in breaking the Portuguese trade monopoly and the resulting expansion of Dutch influence in the East Indies. Vol. I, 307 pp.; Vol. II, 341 pp., 12 mo. Both are hardbound in red paper covered boards with gilt titling on front and spine, and a decorative portrait of the author on the front cover.


Condition: A

Very light shelf wear.

Estimate: $40 - $60

Sold for: $75

Closed on 9/24/2008