Lot 6526
Interiors, Decorative Art, Books & Prints Auction | 11 September 2020
[INDIA & CEYLON] – BALDAEUS, P. Naauwkeurige Beschryvinge van Malabar en Choromandel, Der zelver aangrenzende Ryken, En het machtige Eyland Ceylon.

Nevens een omstandige en grondigh doorzochte ontdekking en wederlegginge van de Afgoderye der Oost-Indische Heydenen [..]. Zijnde hier by gevoeght een Malabaarsche Spraak-Konst [..]. t’Amsterdam, By Johannes Janssonius van Waasberge, En [Johannes] van Someren [..], 1672. 3 Parts in 1 vol.: [10],190,[2 blank],191-198,[2],188,[11 index],[1 blank],[2],44,[8],45-132[=232] pp. With engraved frontispiece, 3 woodcut title-vignettes (of which 2 identical printer’s devices), engraved coat-of-arms, 2 engraved portraits (of Philippus Baldaeus & Gerard Hulft) by Abraham Blooteling, 5 double-p. engraved maps (i.a. “Insula Ceylan, olim Taprobana [..]”, ca. 29,5 x 38 cm.), 7 double-p. engraved plans (of which 1 folding), 19 double-p. engraved views, 3 double-p. engraved plates (“Korte Malabaersche Letter-Konst”), 1 engraved full-p. plate & num. engraved text-ills. Small folio (ca. 30,5 x 20,5 cm.), late 17th-cent. calf, gilt ribbed spine with red mor. letterpiece.

¶ Landwehr (VOC) 556. Tiele 70. Rouffaer/ Muller p. 341. Cox I, p. 283. Rare first & only Dutch edition (printed by Daniel Bakkamude) of a famous description of South India & Ceylon by the Dutch minister Philippus Baldaeus (1632-1672). The third part (“Beschryving Van het machtige Eyland Ceylon, [..]”) with 4 EXTRA TEXT-LEAVES (1-4 between pp. 44-45) not mentioned by Landwehr. “Baldaeus recorded everything of value with ethnological, historical, geographical and theological viewpoints from himself or of informants (e.g., a baptized pundit), interpreters, or from the collections of the Jesuit libraries in Ceylon and South India [..]. His depiction of the Tamil language was groundbreaking” (cited from Wikipedia). ¶ Foot of spine sl. dam./ worn, binding partly rubbed/worn (along extremities). Outer blank margin of a few engravings partly cropped to the plate-mark/ borderline, occ. sl. wormholed in inner (blank) margin, occ. sl. waterstained/ soiled in outer (blank) margins, occ. sl. foxed/ browned, but nevertheless in good condition.

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€ 2.200,00

Hamerprijs: € 2.200