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Johannes de Laet (1581 – 1649) was a Dutch geographer and director of the Dutch West India Company. Philip Burden called his History of the New World, “…arguably the finest description of the Americas published in the seventeenth century” and “…one of the foundation maps of Canada”. de Laet was the first to print maps with the names Manhattan, New Amsterdam (now New York) and Massachusetts.

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Johannes de Laet (1581 – 1649) was a Dutch geographer and director of the Dutch West India Company. Philip Burden called his History of the New World, “…arguably the finest description of the Americas published in the seventeenth century” and “…one of the foundation maps of Canada”. de Laet was the first to print maps with the names Manhattan, New Amsterdam (now New York) and Massachusetts.

 

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Main author: Johannes de Laet; Wilhelmus Boswellus

 

Title: Persia seu Regni Persici Status, Variaque Itinera in atque per Persiam : cum Aliquot Iconibus Incolarum

 

Published: Lugduni : Batavorum Elzevir, 1633. / 1st ed

 

Language: Latin

 

Provenance: F.N. Grgos

 

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Illustrations: 1 illustrated title page + 8 full page illustrations

Pages: complete with 374 pages; plus indexes, prefaces, and such

Publisher: Lugduni : Batavorum Elzevir, 1633.

Size: ~4.25in X 2.25in (11cm x 6cm)

 

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Joannes or Johannes de Laet (Latinized as Ioannes Latius) (1581 in Antwerp – buried 15 December 1649, in Leiden) was a Dutch geographer and director of the Dutch West India Company. Philip Burden called his History of the New World, “…arguably the finest description of the Americas published in the seventeenth century” and “…one of the foundation maps of Canada”. de Laet was the first to print maps with the names Manhattan, New Amsterdam (now New York) and Massachusetts.

Contents [hide]

1 Life

2 Works

2.1 History of the New World

2.2 Other works

3 Notes and references

3.1 Notes

3.2 References

4 External links

Life[edit]

De Laet was born in Antwerp between September and December 1581, a son of cloth merchant Hans de Laet. In 1584, upon the fall of Antwerp to Spanish troops, the family, like tens of thousands of Protestant Flemings, fled to the Northern Netherlands and settled in Amsterdam. There Johannes attended the Latin school. He matriculated as a student of Theology and Philosophy at the University of Leiden in 1597. One of his teachers there was the great humanist scholar Joseph Justus Scaliger, with whom he maintained a correspondence until the latter’s death. After his graduation, his father sent him to London in 1603 to gain experience as a merchant. There he married Jacobmijntje van Loor, the daughter of a well-to-do Anglo-Dutch merchant, but returned to Leiden in 1607 upon her too early death. On 7 May 1608 he married Maria Boudewijns van Berlicum in Leiden. De Laet increased his fortune by investing in land reclamations and overseas trade and became one of the founding directors of the Dutch West Indies Company in 1620, an office he retained for the rest of his life. The city of Leiden sent him as an elder-delegate to the great Synod of Dort (1618–1619).

In his leisure time, de Laet spent much of his time in his study room, well-stocked with books, manuscripts, maps, globes and paintings. He published widely on topics ranging from church history to world history, edited Pliny’s Historia naturalis and Vitruvius’ De architectura, wrote a detailed account of the New World and compiled an (unpublshed) Old English-Latin dictionary—to mention just a selection of his forty publications. His correspondents include the English antiquaries William Camden, Sir Henry Spelman, Sir William Boswell, Abraham Wheelock, Sir Simonds D’Ewes, James Usher, Patrick Young, John Morris and the Danish antiquary Ole Worm.

De Laet died in December 1649 while in The Hague. He was buried in the Pieterskerk in Leiden on the 14th, next to Maria Boudewijns who had died in 1633.

Works[edit]

History of the New World[edit]

His History of the New World was published in several editions by Bonaventure & Abraham Elseviers, Leiden. The first edition was published in Dutch in 1625 as Nieuwe Wereldt ofte Beschrijvinghe van West-Indien, uit veelerhande Schriften ende Aen-teekeningen van verscheyden Natien;[1] a second edition also in Dutch, came out in 1630 as Beschrijvinghe van West-Indien door Joannes de Laet. Tweede druk: In ontallycke placesen verbetert, vermeerdert, met eenige nieuwe caerten, beelden van verscheijden dieren ende planten verciert. [2]

A Latin edition from 1633, prepared by himself, was entitled Novus Orbis seu descriptionis Indiae Occidentalis Libri XVIII authore Joanne de Laet Antverp. Novis talulis geographicis et variis animantium, Plantarum Fructuumque iconibus illustrata;[3] in 1640 he published a French edition, in his own translation, as L’Histoire du Nouveau Monde ou description des Indes Occidentales, contenant dix-huict livres, enrichi de nouvelles tables geographiqiues & figures des animaux, plantes & fruicts.[4]

Each successive edition had significantly updated maps.

Other works[edit]

The Empire of the Great Mogul, translated by J.S. Hoyland with S.N. Bannerjee. Taraporevela, Bombay, 1928. Reissued Munshiram Manoharlal, New Delhi, 1975, ISBN 81-7069-041-2.

“Persia”, 1633

Categories

Asia, Africa, & Middle Eastern

Voyages & Exploration & Maps

Authors

Johannes de Laet Wilhelmus Boswellus

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

Latin

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Good

Collation

Complete