Oost-Indiën by F. Valentyn. 1714
Oud en Nieuw Oost-Indiën, vervattende een naaukeurige en uitvoerige verhandelinge van Nederlands mogentheyd in die gewesten, benevens eene wydlustige beschryvinge der Moluccos, Amboina, Banda, Timor, en Solor, Java, en alle de Eylanden onder dezelve landb
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Landwehr (VOC), 467;
A monumental work on the history of the Far East (including Persia), especially on the navigations of the Dutch in the East Indies, which is unlikely to be superseded as many of the documents which the author made use of are no longer available. It gives an extremely detailed historical information and descriptions of not only the Dutch East Indies, but also of Japan, Formosa, Indochina, Ceylon, India and Cape of Good Hope.
François Valentijn, a clergyman, made two voyages to the East Indies staying for several years and collecting material for this work. Apart from its fine engravings the work is of particular interest cartographically, containing remarkable maps of Australia, probably drawn after manuscript maps, now lost. Also included is an account of Tasman's voyages illustrated with small charts adapted from Tasman's diaries.