Rare book [by LAMBRECHTSEN VAN RITTHEM, Nicolaas Cornelis] – (USA) ACCOUNT OF DUTCH AMERICA – NEW YORK [Middelburg, 1818]



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‘Korte Beschrijving van de ondekking en der verdere lotgevallen van Nieuw-Nederland …’

Rare Dutch account of New York, by Nicolaas Cornelis Lambrechtsen van Ritthem for the ‘Zeeuws Genootschap der Wetenschappen’ published in 1818.; Large octavo (13 x 22.5 cm) with original paper wrapper; very good condition given age.; complete with map and 101 text pages.; map folded c. 39 x 51 cm.

Original Dutch edition of Lambrecht’s account of the Dutch colony in America up to its takeover by England in 1674, as well as an account of the fate of the Dutch settlers after the British takeover. It covers the discovery and exploration of the regions around present-day New York, the Dutch relations with the English colonies in Virginia and Massachusetts Bay, and the English takeover. New York was beginning to establish itself as America’s leading city in the early nineteenth century, and a growing interest in its history made the history of the Dutch colony topical. The folding map, entitled “Kaart van Nieuw-Nederland” by J.P. Bourje with an up-to-date cartographic image based on Aaron Arrowsmith’s 1804 Map of America, with historical data from maps in Arent Roggeveen’s 1675 sea atlas and Arnoldus Montanus’s 1671 atlas of America. In 1817 Lambrechtsen (1752-1823) was made an honorary member of the New York Historical Society, which published an English translation of his book in 1841. Ref: Muller, America 1086; Sabin 38745.



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