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Publisher: GOTTFRIED, J.L. / DE BRY.
Title: [The adventures of the Dutch at 'Bottomless' island in Samoa].
Published in: Frankfurt, M.Merian, 1633
   
Size: 6.7 x 8.1 inches.
17.0 x 20.7 cm.
Coloring:

Uncoloured.
Condition: Copper plate engraving on text sheet. Paper lightly browned and stained, as is usual. One margin slightly uneven, one margin slim, with a tiny hole, offsetting etc. Size of sheet: 345 x 222 mm. German text and on verso.
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The Dutch arrived at an island [in Samoa] fringed with wild vines on which there were native men with long hair and native women with short hair. Because the water surrounding the island was so deep as to appear bottomless, the Dutch had to either swim ashore, or be pulled in by ropes or rowed there in boats.
After landing, two of them were seized by about thirty natives and carried off into the forest. As soon as the Dutch began firing at them, the women begged their men-folk to surrender otherwise they would have all been shot.

Later, they sent a boat with three natives on board to the Dutch ship to make peace and trade goods. The Dutch reciprocated their friendship by giving one man some drink in a silver cup, which they had difficulty in getting back. The natives would have enjoyed stealing some of the iron artefacts aboard if they had been able to carry them away. While the three natives were aboard the ship, a great crowd gathered, calling for the Dutch to come ashore.

In 1631 Johann Ludwig Gottfried, inherited the Theodor De Bry’s publishing firm, among the illustrated accounts of the expeditions of Magellan, Columbus, Vespucci, Cortes, Balboa, Raleigh, Drake, Smith, and many others.
Gottfried issued together with Matthaeus Merian a one-volume condensation "Newe Welt Vnd Americanische Historien/ Jnhaltende Warhafftige vnd volkommene Beschreibungen Aller West-Jndianischen Landschafften..." that used many of the original copper plates and supplemented them with new ones of more recent voyages. The book was published by Matthaeus Merian. The work was reprinted in 1655 / 1657.

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Reference: www.history-engraved.org/ Polynesia 279



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