2 Wouter Schouten's travels in the east, with 43 plates 106


Description: Wouter Schouten's travels in the east,
with 43 engraved plates and references to Arabia

Reys-togten naar en door Oost-Indien; in welke, de voornaamste landen, koningryken, steden, eylanden, bergen, en rivieren, met haare eigenschappen, beneffens de wetten, godsdiensten, zeden en dragten der inwoonders, en wat verder zoo van dieren, vrugten, en planten aanmerkelyks in die gewesten is; naauwkeurig word beschreven ...
Amsterdam, Andries van Damme, 1708. 2 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With engraved frontispiece (giving the title as "Gedenkwaardige reysen naar Oost-Indien"), engraved author's portrait, 43 engraved plates (including 16 double-page and 2 larger folding) and 4 engraved illustrations in the text. Contemporary calf, richly gold-tooled spine and board edges.
€ 8,500
Second edition of a popular account of the extensive travels of Wouter Schouten (1639-1704), a ship's surgeon in service of the VOC (Dutch East India Company) in 1658 in India, the East Indies and the Far East. He visited Colombo (Sri Lanka), the Malabar coast, Bengal, Arakan, Batavia, Formosa (Taiwan), Sumatra, the Moluccas and Amboina. He describes the cities he visited, often illustrated as well, and gives description of the inhabitants, commenting on their food, dress, religion, customs, etc. The second "book" includes extensive references to Arabia and Persia, describing the Arabian Peninsula, the Red Sea, Medina (including Muhammad's tomb), Aden, Mocha and Socotra (Yemen). "Schouten was an observant traveler who explored inland into the environs of nearly every port-of-call, sometimes by himself or with a small group of comrades. His narrative, full of anecdotes as well as information gleaned about countries he had not visited, became particularly popular with readers in the eighteenth century, when it was republished in no fewer than seven editions" (Howgego).
With a manuscript inscription in ink on first flyleaf. Only very slightly browned, with a few small spots and the last six quires with a water stain in the upper half. Binding slightly worn along the extremities, a small tear at the top and bottom of the spine. Overall in very good condition, with broad margins.
Howgego, to 1800, S66; Landwehr & V.d. Krogt, VOC 284; STCN (6 copies); Tiele, Bibl. 990.
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