- Partly sl. cut short, sl. affecting running titles/ page numbers/ glosses; first 4 and last ±10 lvs. trifle/ sl. frayed/ dam. in outer margins, affecting the glosses etc., w. some repaires; vaguely waterstained in (blank) margins throughout; one plate w. closed tear affecting image; otherwise the plates trifle spotted/ thumbsoiled/ creased; lacks the last blank leaf.
= Tiele 850; Tiele mémoire 235; Landwehr, VOC 406; cat. NHSM p.187; Henze IV, p.68; cf. Rouffaer/ Muller p.53 (ed. 1648); not in Cox. The extremely rare first edition of an important source for the history of early Australia. With fine illustrations of the flagship Batavia on her way to Java and her shipwreck in 1629 on the coral reef of Albrolhos off the western coast of Australia. After saving the greater part of the 341 passengers and crew, captain Pelsaert went back searching for castaways. During his absence Jeronymus Cornelisz., "Apotheker van Haerlem, Onder-Koopman op 't verongeluckte schip Batavia" started a reign of terror, killing 120 passengers and crew members. On his return, Pelsaert sentenced Cornelisz. and seven other rebels to death. The island on which these events took place is called "Bataviaes Kerck-hof" (Batavia's graveyard). SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE CLXX.