[NEW AMSTERDAM-DONCK, ADRIAEN VAN DER] Vertoogh Van Nieu Nederland, And Breeden Raedt Aende Vereenichde Nederlandsche Provintien. Two Rare Tracts, Printed In 1649-'50. Relating To The Administration Of Affairs In New Netherland. Translated from the Dutch By Henry C. Murphy.
New York: 1854. First edition, one of only 125 copies, with presentation inscription from James Lennox to Robert B. Minturn dated 1855. Original cloth. 11 7/8 x 9 1/4 inches (30 x 24 cm); folding map, 190 pp. Small losses at tips and corners, minor thumb-soiling.
This work, privately printed and inscribed by James Lennox, translates into English two important 17th century Dutch tracts concerning New Amsterdam: the 1649 Breeden-Raedt or Broad-Advice To The United Netherland Provinces and Adriaen van der Donck's 1650 Vertoogh Van Nieu Nederland or Representation from New-Nether-Land. Van der Donck's work contains a criticism of Stuyvesant and an application for a municipal government for New Amsterdam which was granted. It also includes a description of historical events that led to the settlement. Most importantly, his work offers an account of the natives (he had negotiated a treaty with the Mohawks) and a poetic description of the country. Van der Donck was granted a large parcel of land, named for him and now known as Yonkers. His time in New York is described in Russell Shorto's The Island at the Center of the World, 2004. This translation is rare, with no copy at auction since 1983. Howes D-420. Muller 1108. Sabin 20596.
C Estate of Leo Hershkowitz
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