First Dutch edition, and first with a fine map and plate

Adams, W.

Twee brieven van William Adams; wegens sijn reys uyt Holland na Oost-Indien, met vijf schepen, anno 1598 en vervolgens. En wat ontmoetingen hem in Japan overgekomen zijn. Nu aldereerst uyt het Engelsch vertaald. Met konst-print en register verrijkt.

Published 1706
Item ID 76711

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Leyden [Leiden], Pieter van der Aa, 1706. Small 8vo (17.6 x 11.5 cm). Title page with engraved vignette; large double-folded map of Japan and Korea; large, double-folded plate; woodcut tailpiece. 24, [iii] pp., including binder's instructions. Later blind quarter calf over marbled boards.

A seldom-seen (first, perhaps only) Dutch translation, with a fine illustration, map, and index, of letters first published in English in 1705, but then without the plate and map (see Cordier). William Adams (1564-1620), "...better known in Japanese as Miura Anjin ("the pilot of Miura"), was an English navigator who, in 1600, was the first Englishman to reach Japan leading a five-ship expedition for a private Dutch fleet. Of the few survivors of the only ship that reached Japan, Adams and his second mate Jan Joosten were not allowed to leave the country while Jacob Quaeckernaeck and Melchior van Santvoort were permitted to go back to the Dutch Republic to invite them to trade. Adams, along with former second mate Joosten, then settled in Japan, and the two became some of the first (of very few) Western samurai. Soon after Adams' arrival in Japan, he became a key advisor to the shōgun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Adams directed construction for the shōgun of the first Western-style ships in the country. He was later key to Japan's approving the establishment of trading factories by the Netherlands and England. He was also highly involved in Japan's Red Seal Asian trade, chartering and serving as captain of four expeditions to Southeast Asia. He died in Japan at age 55. He has been recognised as one of the most influential foreigners in Japan during this period" (Wikipedia). The title translates into: Two letters from William Adams; dealing with a journey from Holland to East Indies, with five ships, anno 1598 and thereafter. And what encounters happened to him in Japan. Now first translated from English. Enriched with a print and index. Top edge of map a bit chipped; otherwise near mint. The later binding is neatly done. Cordier, p. 232; Tiele, 5.

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