Item #76641 THE EAST AND WEST INDIAN MIRROR, Being an Account of Joris van Speilbergen's Voyage Round the World (1614-1617), and the Australian Navigations of Jacob Le Maire, Translated, with Notes and an Introduction, by J.A.J. de Villiers. Joris van Speilbergen.

THE EAST AND WEST INDIAN MIRROR, Being an Account of Joris van Speilbergen's Voyage Round the World (1614-1617), and the Australian Navigations of Jacob Le Maire, Translated, with Notes and an Introduction, by J.A.J. de Villiers

London: The Hakluyt Society, 1906. First Edition. Hardcover. "One of the most successful Dutch voyages" (Hill 1619). Joris van Spilbergen sailed in command of six vessels from Texel in 1614 charged with reasserting Dutch claims to the Eastern access to the Pacific. After surviving several mutinies Spilbergen sailed through the Straits of Magellan, and up the coast of Peru, disrupting Spanish shipping throughout the area. He discovered land along the coast of what is now California (Borba de Moraes), and on his Pacific crossing discovered several small island groups. "With the conquest of the Molucca islands, a main object of the voyage, Spilbergen had succeeded in establishing the power and reputation of the Dutch East India Company throughout the South Pacific" (Hill). In Java he took on board Le Maire and Schouten's crew, whose vessels had been confiscated. Spilbergen's account is published with that of Le Maire, who found a new passage between the South Atlantic and the Pacific. Second Series, No. XVIII. Octavo: lxi, 272, 40 p. with 25 illustrations and maps (some folding). Original blue cloth binding, with decorative gilt and blind stamping. The top corner of the half-title appears to have been chipped during opening; this copy is otherwise largely unopened. Light fading along the spine; else very good. Very good. Item #76641

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