VEER (GERRIT DE) Diarium nauticum seu vera descriptio trium navigationum admirandarum... ad Septentr
Lot 130
VEER (GERRIT DE) Diarium nauticum seu vera descriptio trium navigationum admirandarum... ad Septentrionem, supra Norvagian, Moscoviam & Tartarium, versus Catthay & Sinarum renga; tum ut detecta fuerint VVeygatz fretum, Nova Zembla, & Regio sub 8O. gradu situ, quam Groenla[n]diam esse censent
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VEER (GERRIT DE)
Diarium nauticum seu vera descriptio trium navigationum admirandarum... ad Septentrionem, supra Norvagian, Moscoviam & Tartarium, versus Catthay & Sinarum renga; tum ut detecta fuerint VVeygatz fretum, Nova Zembla, & Regio sub 8O. gradu situ, quam Groenla[n]diam esse censent, first edition in Latin, large engraved vignette (incorporating 8 scenes) on title, 31 engraved illustrations in the text (including 4 maps, one full-page), 2 with some loss to image (repaired with pen facsimile, one with small hole in centre of image), 3 shaved within platemark, modern blue half morocco [Alden 598.113; JCB I, p.369; cf. Sabin 98737], folio, Amsterdam, Cornelius Claeszoon, 1598

Footnotes

  • An important record of the three voyages of Arctic exploration undertaken between 1594 and 1597 by the Barents in search of a Northeast Passage. Gerrit De Veer was a member of the first expedition, which sailed the length of Novaya Zemlya and into the Kara Sea, returning via Kilduyn Island to Holland. In 1595 seven ships set out on the second voyage, on which Jan Huyghen van Linschoten travelled, but was thwarted by ice. The third voyage of 1596-1597, which occupies most of this work, resulted in the discovery of Spitsbergen after which Barents sailed to Novaya Zemlya and rounded the northern cape where his ship was trapped, and the party forced to winter on the ice. Once their ship was crushed the explorers constructed a house from the driftwood ("Het Behouden Huys", the remains of which were discovered by a Norwegian harpooner in 1871), surviving on seal and polar bear meat, and raising their spirits by playing the game of "colf". In the spring of 1597, the survivors sledged and sailed nearly 1600 miles along the coast of Novaya Zemlya, across the White Sea to Kola where they (but not Barents himself, who died en route) where found by three Dutch ships. The work is illustrated by fine engraved plates depicting polar bear attacks, hunting, the crushing of the ship by ice, the construction of the wooden house and small boats, and the journey across the ice to safety.
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