Relation du Naufrage d'un Vaisseau Holandois, Sur la Coste de l'Isle de Quelpaerts: Avec la Description du Royaume de Corée: Traduit du Flamand; Par Monsieur Minutoli. John Locke, Hendrick Hamel.
Relation du Naufrage d'un Vaisseau Holandois, Sur la Coste de l'Isle de Quelpaerts: Avec la Description du Royaume de Corée: Traduit du Flamand; Par Monsieur Minutoli.
Relation du Naufrage d'un Vaisseau Holandois, Sur la Coste de l'Isle de Quelpaerts: Avec la Description du Royaume de Corée: Traduit du Flamand; Par Monsieur Minutoli.
Relation du Naufrage d'un Vaisseau Holandois, Sur la Coste de l'Isle de Quelpaerts: Avec la Description du Royaume de Corée: Traduit du Flamand; Par Monsieur Minutoli.
Relation du Naufrage d'un Vaisseau Holandois, Sur la Coste de l'Isle de Quelpaerts: Avec la Description du Royaume de Corée: Traduit du Flamand; Par Monsieur Minutoli.
John Locke’s Copy, with His Signature and Inscriptions

Relation du Naufrage d'un Vaisseau Holandois, Sur la Coste de l'Isle de Quelpaerts: Avec la Description du Royaume de Corée: Traduit du Flamand; Par Monsieur Minutoli.

A Paris: Chez Louys Billaine, au second Pilier de la grande Salle du Palais, à la Palme, & au grand Celar, M. DC. LXX. [1670]. First French edition. In somewhat later leather. Panels blind-ruled, spine with five raised bands, gilt, with red title vignette. Edges painted. (8), 165, (1) p. John Locke's copy: his signature, inscription of “Corea” and check letters on front endpaper, and both sides of the flyleaf in ink; his customary inked line over the final page number. Marks and notes occasionally by a different, later hand in pencil throughout (probably by Björn Löwendahl’s). Binding is worn at spine and joints. Title page stained. Otherwise in very good condition.

John Locke’s copy, with his signature and inscriptions, of the first European account of Joseon Korea.

Hendrick Hamel (1630–1692) is known as the first Westerner to provide a first-hand account of Korea, his work is the first book in European language on the Asian country. Hamel was a bookkeeper of the Dutch East India Company who, together with thirty-five other crewmates, survived a deadly shipwreck on Jeju Island in South Korea, while sailing to Japan in 1653. After being kept in custody of the local prefect for about a year, due to the intervening of the royal interpreter, a fellow Dutchmen who had also been shipwrecked in Korea some fifteen years earlier, they were taken to the court of King Hyojong of Joseon in Seoul. The King forbade the men leaving the country accordingly to the kingdom’s policy to protect the land from foreign powers, however, they were given freedom to live their lives in the Korean society. After thirteen years, in 1666, Hamel and seven of his associates managed to flee the country and sailed to Japan to the Dutch trading post on Deshima. They spent a year there, while Hamel wrote his journal about his adventures and also about the country itself, the climate, geography, government, military organization, law, judicial practices, religion, language and social customs of Korea. The crew, together with the remaining eight members, who were also freed from Korea by Japanese intervention, left for Batavia (modern day Jakarta) in 1667 where Hamel sojourned until 1669. His manuscript was brought back to Holland before Hamel arrived, and it was published in 1668 in 3 versions (by Velsen and Saagman in Amsterdam, and Stichter in Rotterdam) and became a bestseller throughout Europe, translated first into French (the present book), later into German and English too. This French translation by Vincent Minutoli (1639–1709) was based upon the Saagman edition ('t Oprechte journael, van de ongeluckige reyse van 't jacht de Sperwer), which is somewhat deviated from the original manuscript, for instance, it contains the colorful story of the man-eating crocodiles.

Provenance: From the library of John Locke. From the library of the Swedish Sinologist and antiquarian book dealer Björn Löwendahl (1941–2013). Ref.: Löwendahl: China illustrata nova. Supplement, 1573., only a 1670 Dutch edition listed in Sabin (74842).

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Price: €42,000.00