[Jan Huygen van Linschoten] Histoire de la Navigation de Jean Hughes de Linschot
Aux Indes Orientales. Contenant diverses Descriptions des lieux iusques a present decouverts par les Portugais: Observations des Coustumes & singularitez de dela, & autres declarations. Avec annotations de B. Paludanus (...) troixieme edition augmentee; Bound together with: Le Grand Routier de Mer de Jean Hughes de Linschot Hollandois and: Description de l'Amerique, Amsterdam, Evert Cloppenburgh, 1638.
3 illus. title pages, (the title of Description de l'Amerique with sailing ships and inserts: Antwerp, Amsterdam. Middelburg, Enkhuizen). The portrait of the author with inserts of Goa, Mozambique and St. Helena 2x. Lacks maps and plans, though with 30 copperplates by the Van Deutecom brothers, mostly of buildings and persons and var. fruit trees: Pineapple, Durian.
4to. Rebound in 19th century leather binding with title on spine in red and gilt stamping, line embroidery on front and back cover, marbled endpapers, edges gilt, (6), 206, 181, 86 pp., var. pages with restoration.
Jan Huygen van Linschoten, ca. 1563-1611) was a Dutch accountant, merchant, explorer and writer who was at the forefront of the Dutch shipping to Asia. He copied secret Portuguese nautical charts and is mainly known for the publication of his book 'Itinerario, voyage ofte schipvaert, naer Oost ofte Portugaels Indien inhoudende een corte beschryvinghe der selver landen ende zee-custen". Here in a later French translation. The geographical, botanical, historical and ethnic elements from his books are mainly based on earlier Portuguese writings.