2 Shipwreck of the Dutch East India Company frigate


Description: Shipwreck of the Dutch East India Company frigate "Woestduin"

WATER, Jona Willem te].
Bericht wegens het verongelukte Oost-Indische schip Woestduin; en de reddinge der schepelingen door de gebroeders Naerebout.
Middelburg, Pieter and Jan Gillissen, 1780. 8vo. With engraved double portrait on title-page, showing the Naerebout brothers. 19th-century paperboard wrappers.
€ 2,250
First and only edition of an account of the shipwreck of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) frigate Woestduin. It gives a detailed account of the events of that day. The ship wrecked near the coast of the island Walcheren (now joined to the mainland) in the Netherlands on 23 July 1779, on its way back from Batavia (Jakarta). Some fishermen, among them the brothers Frans and Jacob Naerebout, sailed out to rescue crew and passengers. With their fishing boats they managed to save 87 of the 100 passengers on board. The preliminaries note that the impetus for the publication was a set of four engraved views of the events by Engel Hoogerheide (published in 1779). The STCN indicates that some copies of the book include a non-integral frontispiece before the title-page A1. Landwehr & Van der Krogt mention no frontispiece and none appears in digitized copies. Perhaps the title-page with the engraved double portrait has been mistakenly recorded as two leaves or perhaps some copies have one of the previously published engravings bound in.
Slightly browned, title-page and some margins thumbed, and a minor water stain in upper margin. A corner torn off the “agathe” paper, reveals the “maroquin” paper underneath. A good copy.
Landwehr & V.d. Krogt, VOC 44
  • Number: 1011781
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum

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