- Lacks plate 4 and 7 (both added in photostat); many lvs. w. restored blank margins, occas. printed area sl. affected (mainly in upper outer corner); title also w. closed tear; the plates trifle/ sl. foxed/ stained/ soiled and w. sm. marginal imperfections.
= Verhoeven/ Verkruijsse 1646-01; Buisman 204; Rouffaer/ Muller p.52; Scheepers I, 587; Hill 152; Landwehr, VOC 377; Tiele, Mémoire 168; Cat. NHSM p.173; Muller p.161: Howgego B131. Very rare first edition of this very popular itinerary, often reprinted up to the nineteenth century. The voyage of Bontekoe became a byword for a voyage full of adversities. The ship caught fire after passing Madagascar and exploded when the flames reached the powder-room. The survivors continued their voyage in a shallop and after much suffering and many adventures they were rescued in Straits Sunda by a Dutch fleet under F. Houtman. The rest of the journal narrates Bontekoe's further experiences in Indonesia and China until his safe arrival in his hometown Hoorn. "Bontekoe's Journal (...) became one of the most popular books of its genre. Written in a simple, earthy language, it ran to thirty editions in the following fifty years and was translated into nearly every European language. At one time it was reckoned to be out-selling the New Testament." (Howgego). SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE XCVIII.