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Ernst Christoph Barchewitz

A New Account of a Journey to the East Indies containing a detailed Description of the Country (1751)

Contains a contemporary description of Cape Town, the Fort, and the Gardens of the Dutch East India Company

Published: Joh. David Jungnicol, Erfurt, 1751

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A New and Factual Account of a Voyage to the East Indies by Ernst Christoph Barchewitz, former Commanding Officer for the Noble Dutch East India Company on the Island of Lethy.

680pp + index. Fold-out illustrations and map.


I: An Account of his Journey from Germany to India via Holland.

II: An account of his eleven year sojourn on Java, Banda and the South Western Isles, his fortunes and misfortunes, remarkable incidents, strange plants, trees, fruits, animals, fish, insects, mountains, settlements, peoples, customs, native superstitions, and numerous other noteworthy things.

III: A description of his return journey, the terrifying storm and eventual safe return to his fatherland.

Contains a detailed map of the hitherto undescribed South Western and Banda Islands and an extensive index.

'Originally a tanner by trade, Barchewitz eventually entered the service of the Dutch East India Company, and in 1711 went to the East, where he rose to the position of Governor of the Island of Lethy. In this account of his experiences there is a description of Cape Town, and of the fort and garden of the Dutch East India Company. Barchewitz returned to Europe in 1722, and retired to the town of Erfurt.' - Mendelssohn Vol.I, page 80

  • Binding Condition: Very Good
  • Overall Condition: Very Good
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