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The Rugendas Letters
Johann Moritz Rugendas’
first voyage to Brazil
“ … Tried for the First Time the Use of Movable Signals ”
“ Nederlands laatste zeeheld ”
in Prominent Dedication Copy
Kinsbergen – Hall, M(auritz) C(ornelis) van. Het Leven en Karakter van den Admiraal Jhr. Jan Hendrik van Kinsbergen. – Bijvoegselen tot den eersten Druk van het … uit den tweden Druk verzameld. 2 vols. With 2 frontispieces in steel engraving as his three-quarter
portrait after Charles Howard Hodges & the sarcophagus
in de Nieuwe Kerk te Amsterdam, the former engraved by Johannes Philippus Lange (1810 Amsterdam 1849), as well as 7 lithographed plates with 70 reproductions of signatures. Amsterdam, Joh. Müller, 1841-1843. Large 8vo. XXVI pp., 1 l., 340 pp., 1 l. errata; 38 pp. Green orig. wrappers with border on both & vignette on back cover. Uncut.
Accompanied by illustrious provenance and dedicated to His Royal Highness Willem Frederik Hendrik, Prinse van Oranje-Nassau, Kapitein ter Zee, in Dienst van zijne Majesteit den Koning der Nederlanden.
RARE FIRST EDITION
OF THE OFFICIAL KINSBERGEN BIOGRAPHY
as listed as such also by Meyer’s Konversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., IX, 744, printed by C. A. Spin on N Pannekoek paper for the far more than 100-years-old publishing house Johannes Müller.
And here then together
with the especially rare supplement separatum ,
the latter as
Present Exemplaar for Johannes Tiberius Bodel Nijenhuis
(Amsterdam 1797 – Leyden 1872; jurist, yet foremost geographer and since 1821 partner of the Leyden publishing house Luchtmans, established 1683 and related to him by kinship, which 1848 devolved upon the long-standing employee Evert Jan Brill and flourishes as Koninklijk Brill NV still today worldwide), whose enormous collection of cartographica lives on as the
Bodel Nijenhuis Collection in the university library Leyden
while his no less rich library was given back to the market in 5 auction sales of the years 1873/74. However, except for his Netherlandish portrait collection of 8500 prints & 59 drawings intended for the 5th sale, yet picked out by the university’s print room in the last minute. See Lugt 268, 1665 & 3006.
The dedication is per print “PRESENT-AFDRUK VAN DEN SCHRIJVER” and in writing “Den Wel(delen?) Heere Mr Bodel Nijenhuis te Leyden / Present Exemplaar” on 2 sheet, mounted onto the halved front fly-leaf. On the latter owner’s note of 1845.
Frontispiece of the main volume outside of the admiral engraving quite faintly foxed and with faint tidemark above, that of the supplement outside of the sarcophagus engraving generally foxed. – Pages 81/84 uncut, 91-104 with dog-ear in the wide white lower margin. The back cover of vol. I with losses particularly at head and tail, but firm on the binding.
VAN KINSBERGEN (Doesburg/Gelderland 1735 – Apeldoorn 1819, son of the German-born Jan Henrich K. and grandson of Adam Ginsberg in Salchendorf [Neunkirchen] near Siegen)
And so the municipality of Salchendorf in the Siegerland honored the indirect great son with memorial stone and street just as there are Kinsbergen Straats in The Hague, Amsterdam and elsewhere. The Dutch navy, however, christened several of their vessels after him. And
Unforgotten , however , up to present day literature like
R. B. Prud’homme van Reine. Jan Hendrik van Kinsbergen 1735–1819. Admiraal en Filantroop. Amsterdam, De Bataafsche Leeuw, 1990 (ISBN 90-6707237-0) &
Marie-Josèphe Furet-Ginsberg. Jan Hendrik van Kinsbergen (1735–1819) (Master’s thesis University Clermont-Ferrand). German edition ed. by Heimatverein Salchendorf e.V., 57290 Neunkirchen, no year.