Speculum orientalis, occidentalisque Indiae
Jacobus le Maire
Leiden, N. Geelkercken, 1619.
(Sabin: 89450; Tiele, Journaux, 66 C)
In quarto, oblong. In a fine blue morocco XX century binding
Spine in 4 compartments, with gild title and date
174 pp , including genuine blank, P4.
Plates go without numbering.
Engraved title page
25 plates including two double page plates and two folding maps
Condition: Slight overall browning. Worldmap with restorations on the old fold, last 5 leaves restored with a few letters in manuscript facsimile. Overall a clean copy on ample paper. In modern slipcase
First edition of Spilbergens circumnavigation in Latin in the same year as the first edition in Dutch. This is the fifth circumnavigation ever after Magellan; Drake; Cavendish and van Noord and the second Dutch circumnavigation The voyage took place between 1614 and 1618.
The book includes also the voyage of Schouten and le Maire, Navigationes Australes, who discovered le Maires Street and Cape Horn. That was in 1616. Both le Maire and Schouten, who split up during the voyage, claimed the discovery and both wrote their own journal. Schoutens journal was first published in 1618 by Blaeu in Amsterdam, le Maires, who died during the voyage back home, only came out in 1622.
Spilbergen was an accomplished admiral who had sailed for the VOC to the Indies before. He was sent again by the VOC to discover new territories, chart the Magellans Straits and damage Spanish interests in South America and the Philippines where possible. He landed in Brazil, mapped Magellans Strait, fought Spanish settlements in Chile, Peru and Mexico and sailed to the Philippines. Once in Batavia he picked up le Maire and the rest of his crew who had been arrested in Batavia for breaching VOC laws by sailing to the Indies without VOC consent. Le Maire denied this as he did not sail through Magellans Straits (as specified in the VOC laws) but around Cape Horn!!
With the rare, folding map of the world and another of SE Asia, the detailed map of Magellans Straits, Manilla channel and views of Sao Vicente; Mocha, Callao, Acapulco, Manila and others.
Warnsinck J.C.M. De reis om de wereld van Joris van Spilbergen, 2 Vols.
s Gravenhagen, Nijhoff 1943
Engelbrecht, W.A et al: de ontdekkingsreis van Jacob le Maire en Willem Corneliszoon Schouten...., 2 Vols, with 7 folding maps
s Gravenhage, Nijhoff 1945 v