2 CAMPBELL, J./ De staat ..Spaansche ryk in Amerika 106


Description: Rare Dutch translation of a work on Spanish America, with 4 maps


De tegenwoordige staat der volken van het Spaansche ryk in Amerika, met een byzonder verhaal, van den koophandel uit Oud-Spanje, met de galjoenen, flota, &c.; en van den verboden handel der Hollanders, Engelschen, Franschen, Deenen en Portugezen, in de West-Indiën.

Amsterdam, Bernardus Mourik, [ca. 1745 or ca. 1748]. 8vo. Contemporary red half sheepskin (roan), sewn on 5 cords, with title gold-tooled in second spine compartment. With title-page printed in red and black with Mourik's woodcut BM cypher monogram, 4 engraved folding maps, showing the city and harbours of Veracruz, Havana, Portobelo and Cartagena, and woodcut headpieces, tailpieces and decorated initials, and decorations built up from cast fleurons. [8], 328 pp.

Rare second issue of the first and only edition of a Dutch translation of A concise history of the Spanish America (1741), by the prolific Scottish author John Campbell (1708-1775). The work is divided into 4 parts, the first on the discovery of America, the second on the Spanish settlement in North America, the third a description of South America, and the fourth on the trade with America. The second and third part contain chapters on Buenos Aires, California, Charcas, Chile, Cuba, Florida, Guatemala, Lima, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Panama, Tucuman Province and Quito.
"Grub Street provided some indifferent manuals, of which the most informative - despite its author's capacity, if Boswell is to be believed, for drinking thirteen bottles of port at a sitting - was A concise history of the Spanish America, published by Dr. John Campbell in 1741" (Hanke).
The present translation is a reissue with a cancel title-page of the equally rare Beknopte histori en tegenwoordige staat. Van het Spaansche ryk in Amerika, which was published in Amsterdam, by Jan 't Lam in 1745. The STCN records no solo imprints for 't Lam after 1747 and none at all after 1748, but it is not clear whether Mourik took over the stock of this publication at that time or merely acquired part of the edition at the time of its first publication. It contains 4 maps, not included in the original English editions.
With the modern bookplate of J.K. Leeksma on pastedown and an earlier owner's name covered with opaque white. The sides of the binding were apparently never covered with paper, leaving the roughly cut ends of the sheepskin clearly visible. Binding slightly rubbed, lacking back endpapers and front flyleaf; title-page loosening. Internally in very good condition.
Alden & Landis 745/34; Muller, America 311; Sabin 10234; STCN (1 copy, incomplete); WorldCat (5 copies, incl. same incomplete copy); cf. Hanke, History of Latin American Civilization (1967), p. 529.
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