2 LEUPE / Reize van Maarten Gerritsz. Vries in 1643 , Japan 106


Description: Maarten Gerritsz. de Vries' journey to the north of Japan (1643), with accompanying information by Von Siebold

LEUPE, Pieter Arend.
Reize van Maarten Gerritsz. Vries in 1643 naar het noorden en oosten van Japan, volgens het journaal gehouden door C.J. Coen, op het schip Castricum. Naar het handschrift uitgegeven en met belangrijke bijlagen vermeerderd.
Including: SIEBOLD, Philipp Franz Balthasar von. Aardrijks- en volkenkundige toelichtingen tot de ontdekkingen van Maerten Gerritsz. Vries, met het fluitschip Castricum a[nn]o. 1643. In 't oosten en noorden van Japan, dienende tot zeemansgids langs de oostkust van Japan naar de eilanden Jezo, Krafto en de Kurilen.

Amsterdam, Frederik Muller; [The Hague], Koninklijk instituut voor taal-, land en volkenkunde van Nederlandsch Indië, 1858. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary half cloth. With lithographed folding plate with reproductions of six signatures and a folded lithographed reproduction of Maarten Gerritsz. de Vries's original map, coloured in outline. [4], 440 pp.

First edition of a transcription of the original 17th-century manuscript ship's log of the ship Castricum under the command of Maarten Gerritsz. de Vries, on its journey to the north of Japan to discover the coast of Tartary. Included is a geographical and anthropological commentary written especially for this publication but also separately published in the same year, by the well-known Philipp Franz Balthasar von Siebold (1796-1866), a German physician and botanist, sent to Dejima (Japan) in service of the Dutch and the first European allowed to teach Western medicine to the Japanese. An English translation of Siebold's part was published in 1859.
The log kept by Cornelis Jansz. Coen gives a day to day account of the exploratory voyage to Tartary under the command of De Vries and on account of Anthony van Diemen, the governor in Batavia. Since they were not yet sure whether Japan was connected to the continent they chose a route along the east coast of Japan. The log starts 4 April 1643 when they set off from Ternate (Moluccas) with two ships, the "Castricum" and the "Breskens", and ends 18 November 1643 in Taiwan. The editor Pieter Arend Leupe also added transcriptions of several 17th-century documents related to the voyage.
With the bookplate of Arjen Frans Folkersma. Some spots throughout, especially in the preliminaries, title-page browned and slightly soiled, the map somewhat thumbed and with a minor tear along a fold, still a good copy. Corners of the binding a bit bumped and the spine slightly damaged.
Cat. NHSM, p. 180 (cf. p. 236 for separate Siebold edition); Cordier, Japonica, col. 356; Nipponalia 2086; Tiele, Bibl. 1183; Walter, Japan a cartographic vision, pp. 38-39.
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