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First western account of the Tamils of Ceylon

Baldaeus, Philip Naauwkeurige beschryvinge van Malabar en Choromandel, der zelver aangrenzende rijken, en het machtige eyland Ceylon. [with] Beschryving van het machtige Eyland Ceylon [and] Nauwkeurige en waarachtige ontdekking en wederlegginge van de Afgoderye der Oost-Indische Heydenen. Amsterdam Johannes Janssonius van Waasberge, and Johannes van Someren 1672
First edition, three parts in one, folio (31 x 19.5 cm.), 2 portraits and 35 engraved plates, maps and plans, of which 34 are double-page, numerous engraved illustrations in the text (2 full-page). [Part I, Malabar and Coromandel] Engraved frontispiece, title printed in red and black, privilege, dedication with engraved coat of arms, voor-reden, poem by J. Vollenhove, portrait (of author), pp.198, 17 double-page plates, maps & plans, including 3 depicting Tamil alphabet and text; [Part II, Ceylon] Title page, pp.44, [8], (45)-232 (but numbered 132), 17 double-page plates and maps, portrait (of Gerard Hulft); [Part III, on the Hindu religion] pp.[ii], 180, (185)-188, [11], 1 plate, many engravings throughout text. Text in Dutch. An attractive complete copy bound in contemporary blind-stamped vellum over boards; upper joint split but holding, vellum worn and stained. Remnants of red morocco label to spine. Minor worming at beginning affecting all pages up to p.110. The frontispiece, title and 5 plates have two or three pinholes near upper right corner, in most cases scarcely noticeable. Early 20th century book-plate of C. Brooke-Elliott, author of The Real Ceylon (1938).
Cox I, 283; Landwehr, VOC, 556; Howgego B10