Salmon, Thomas / Goch, Matthias van. Hedendaegsche historie, of tegenwoordige staet van alle volkeren [...] I. deel. Behelzende [...] China en Japan, als mede van de Ladrones, Filippynsche en Molukkische eilanden, en van Makassar.

Amsterdam, Isaak Tirion, 1729.

8vo. (20), 90, (2), 91-554, (6), 555-645, (19) pp. With engraved frontispiece, 7 engraved plates (5 double-page, including a view of Dejima) and 3 folding maps (China, Japan and the Philippines, Moluccas and Sulawesi). Contemporary calf, spine gilt with red and green label, gilt double fillets on both covers.


First volume of the first Dutch edition of Thomas Salmon's "Modern History, or The Present State of All Nations". The original English edition was continued, expanded, abridged, and republished under various names; by 1803, the Dutch translation would encompass 43 volumes. This first volume deals extensively with China, Japan, the Philippines, the Moluccas and Celebes (now Sulawesi) with its capital Makassar. All parts except that about China were rewritten and enlarged bJPYy Matthias van Goch, who based his work on information given by Gerrit Voogt (second in command in Dejima from 1706 to 1714), by the physician Willem ten Rhijne, and others.

A fine copy with good impressions of the maps and plates. From the library of the Dutch Finance Minister Jan Jacob Rochussen (1797-1871), Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies from 1845 to 1851 and Prime Minister from 1858 to 1860 (his handwritten visiting card inserted).

Tiele 1033. Cordier (Japonica) 431. Cordier (Sinica) I, 44.