172325 · Gravenhage
As an influential Dutch statesman, Johan de Witt (1625–72) corresponded with a variety of important people throughout his life. This six-volume collection of his international correspondence with numerous statesmen spans 17 years.
The first volume contains letters to and from William Boreel, the Dutch Ambassador to France, as well as Coenraet Van Beuningen, a director of the Dutch East India Company and experienced diplomat. Vol. II contains more van Beuningen letters as well as correspondence with Pieter de Groot, the Dutch Ambassador to Sweden and later Dutch Ambassador to France. The third volume offers letters to and from Willem Nieupoort, the Dutch Ambassador to England who helped negotiate the Treaty of Westminster which provided for the return of the colony of New Netherland to England. Vol. IV contains correspondence with diplomats L. de Nassau, S. van Hoorn, M. van Gogh, Johan Meerman, and Johan Boreel. The fifth volume contains chiefly letters exchanged with van Beuningen, plus some correspondence with Nanningh Kaiser, a diplomat in Denmark; Govert van Slingelandt, Dutch Ambassador to the Republic of Prussia, Sweden, Poland, and eventually Denmark; Pieter Vogelsangh, Dutch Ambassador to the kings of Sweden and Denmark; and Frederick van Dorp, Dutch Ambassador to the kings of Sweden and Poland. Vol. VI contains more correspondence with van Slingelandt and Vogelsangh, plus P. de Hubert, W. van Haeren, I. van den Honert, J. Ysbrants, N. Heyns, and G. van Reede van Ameronge. => An important work for the Dutch in America and the East Indies.
Goldsmiths'-Kress 6182; STCN 20487306. Not in Alden & Landis, European Americana. Blind-tooled vellum over boards, spines with raised bands, blind decoration, and hand-written lettering; covers with double-ruled borders and central panels containing an arabesque medallion; all edges speckled red. Boards generally slightly bowed with mild rubbing; all but one volume with corner of front free endpaper excised where probably there were ownership markings. Light to moderate age-toning with the occasional spot; some page corners bumped; paper lost to corner of plate leaf in vol. I (a duplicate of the plate in vol. III), not touching image. => A well-kept and illuminating compilation of writings from some of the most influential men of the Dutch Golden Age. (Inventory #: 35974)