Vertoogh Van Nieu Nederland. [and] Breeden Raedt Aende Vereenichde Nederlandsche Provintien: Two Rare Tracts, Printed In 1649-'50
Vertoogh Van Nieu Nederland. [and] Breeden Raedt Aende Vereenichde Nederlandsche Provintien: Two Rare Tracts, Printed In 1649-'50. Relating to the Administration of Affairs in New Netherland [cover title is: Representation from New-Nether-Lands and Broad-Advice].
Donck, Adriaen Van Der translated from the Dutch by Henry C. Murphy.
New York : [Baker, Godwin & Co., printers], 1854
Limited edition of only 125 copies. 30 x 23 cm. Bound in publisher's brown cloth. Tail of spine chipped. Edge wear, tops worn. Rubbing. Clean, unmarked pages. English translation of the original title pages given. viii, 190 pages, 1 leaves : double map. Translated from the Dutch by Henry C. Murphy. Includes: Representation From New-Nether-Land, Concerning the Situation, Fruitfulness, and Poor Condition of the same (first published in Dutch at The Hague in 1650) and Broad-Advice To The United Netherland Provinces. (first published in Dutch at Antwerp in 1649). "By New York's first lawyer and the most highly important contemporary description and history of that Dutch province." - Howes D420; Sabin 20596. Includes a description of historical events that led to the settlement. Most importantly, his work offers an account of the natives (he had negotiated a treaty with the Mohawks) and a poetic description of the country. Van der Donck was granted a large parcel of land, named for him and now known as Yonkers. His time in New York is described in Russell Shorto's The Island at the Center of the World, 2004.