[AMSTERDAM] PONTANUS, JOHANNES ISACIUS. Rerum et Urbis Amstelodamensium Historia.
Amsterdam: Judocus Hondius, 1611. First edition (followed by an edition in Dutch three years later). Later cream parchment. 11 1/2 x 7 3/8 inches (29.5 x 19 cm); viii, 292, , 38,  pp., with a page of errata at rear; *** a-2N A-E^(4), 50 engravings (of which 17 are maps) within the text and with 7 folding plates and maps. The binding a bit soiled and a trifle bowed, worming to gutter affecting the last few leaves, marginal restoration to 2A4, but in all a rather nice, unpressed copy.
First edition of the first significant history of Amsterdam. The work is of substantial appeal for the accounts of the Dutch East India Company's voyages, which include the two first voyages to the East Indies. Of Polar interest, the work contains reports of the attempts to find a North-East Passage, and a map of the Polar regions accompanying an account the third voyage of Willem Barentsz to Nova Zembla (1596-97). Important American content includes accounts of Hudson's first two voyages (1607-1608) for the Muscovy Company of London. The engravings in the text are especially fine, and include early maps and views of the then-exotic regions with which the VOC traded. Sabin 64002; Alden & Landis II, 611/91.
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