Naauwkeurige beschryvinge van Malabar en Choromandel
[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 bound in one, folio, engraved title page, title printed in red and black, privilege, dedication with engraved coat of arms, Voor-reden, poem by J. Vollenhove, 198, 17 double-page plates, maps & plans; [Part II]. Title page, 44, , (45)-232 (but numbered 132), 17 double-page plates and maps; [ii], 180, (185)-188, , many engravings throughout text. Text in Dutch. Lacking the two portrait plates. A good copy bound in contemporary full calf, crudely and rather too tightly re-backed with original spine laid down, corners repaired. Engraved title torn in margin.
Philippus Baldaeus, 1632-1670's, was a protestant clergyman working in Nagappattinam, and was the first Dutchman to learn Tamil. He provides a detailed account of the Dutch settlements in southern India and Ceylon in the mid 17th century. With 34 double page plates, maps and plans, viz.: [Map of] Malabar; Amadabath; Suratte; English fort in Bombay; [plan of] Goa; Cranganor; Cochin; [plan of] Cochin; De Stadt Coulang [plan]; Tutecoryn [birds-eye view]; [Map] Choromandel, Golconda; Negapatam; Paliacatta of Geldria; Masulipatam; Malabar language (3 plates); [Part II], [Map] Insula Ceylan; Fort Batecalo; De stadt Galle; [Audience of the King of Candy]; [Map] Colombo; Negumbo; [map] Island of Manaer; [map] Regnum Jafnapatam; Fort at Jafnapatam; Mallagam; Paneteripou; Kopay; Illondi Matual; De Kerck Poelepolay; Catching horses in Jafnapatam; Olyfanten; [plan] De Belegeringh.. Colombo; [Part III] But lacking the two portraits, of the author, and of Gerard Hulst.