HERMAN DE LA FONTAINE VERWEY Willem Jansz Blaeu and the voyage of Le Maire and Schouten The voyages of exploration by the Dutch around the beginning of the I7th century, when, in the telling phrase by R. C. Bakhuizen van den Brink, 'the Dutch took fame by storm', were spectacular exploits with far-reaching con- sequences, which made a deep impression on the whole civilized world. Every- one wanted to keep up to date with these sensational events. How did the accounts of these voyages become published? A good deal of credit is due to the Amsterdam publisher Cornclis Claesz, and some of his fellow-publishers in Middelburg and Rotterdam, first of all for helping to prepare for the Dutch sea-voyages by issuing works such as Linschoten's Itinerario, translations of foreign travellers' reports and geo- graphical works, and secondly for seeing to it that the Dutch travel accounts were speedily published in book form and disseminated far and wide. These editions, which made their appearance in the familiar quarto-oblong format, contain carefully edited texts, based on the original ship's journals, and ex- cellent maps and prints made after the information provided by the voyagers themselves. Almost simultaneously with the Dutch
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Published: Jan 1, 1973
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