"Beschryvinge van de Gantsche Custe van Guinea/Manicongo /Angola/Monomotapa...", Linschoten, Jan Juygen van
Subject: Title Pages
Period: 1623 (dated)
Color: Black & White
7 x 5 inches
17.8 x 12.7 cm
This lovely title page is centered on a beautifully rendered sailing ship in an elaborate strapwork cartouche that contains four views of major cities in the Dutch trading empire: Antwerp, Amsterdam, Middelburg and Enkhuizen. Linschoten was an important Dutch explorer. The valuable sailing instructions that he managed to acquire from the secret Portuguese archives helped launch the Dutch trading empire in the East Indies. His travel writings, the famous Itinerario, published in three parts (Description de l’Amerique, Le Grande Route de Mer, and Histoire de la Navigation), was one of the most important early accounts of India, the Far East, Portuguese Africa, and the New World. This edition was published by Jean Cloppenburg. On a full sheet of Dutch text (7.8 x 12.3").
There are some archival repairs to a few small tears in blank margins.