Dutch Colonization in the Americas

    Otto Keye. Otto Keyens Kurtzer Entwurff Von Neu-Niederland Und Guajana... Leipzig. 1672. First German edition. Approximately 7.75 x 6 inches. Small quarto. [20], 144, [7] pages. Modern quarter burgundy morocco over marbled boards. Marginal repairs to one preliminary leaf affecting a few letters of text. Uniform browning. Very good.

    An important work for Dutch colonization in the New World, originally issued in Dutch in 1659, here in the first German and only other edition. Keye visited Guiana, of which he provides an excellent description, and which he was convinced was a far better choice as a colony than New Netherland. Since he was an officer of the colony and stood to profit by its advancement, we can assume he was not impartial. Most of his information relating to New Netherland is negative and bent on demonstrating the inferiority of its situation compared with the warmer climate of the Caribbean. Keye's work was influential both in aiding Guiana and diverting attention from New Netherland. By the time this edition was issued, New Netherland was already lost to the British.

    Howes K112, "B." European Americana 672/157. Bell K37. Jcb Ii, p. 242. Muller 1083. Asher 12. Sabin 37675.

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