Lot 408: [Ambon Massacre] [Skinner, John]. A True Relation of the Unjust, Cruell, and Barbarous Proceedings against the English at Amboyna in the East-Indies, by the Neatherlandish Governour and Councel there. Also the copie of a Pamphlet, set forth first in Dutch and then in English, by some Neatherlander; falsly entituled, A True Declaration of the Newes that came out of the East-Indies, with the Pinace called the Hare, which arrived at Texel in June, 1624. Together with an Answer to the same Pamphlet. By the English East-India Companie, 3 parts in one, London: Printed by H. Lownes for Nathanael Newberry, 1624, ,38;,20;,34pp., woodcut frontispiece depicting a man being tortured by 6 men and two children, frontispiece and title strengthened to margins, fraying to fore-edge margins of following three leaves, bound with A Remonstrance of the Directors of the Netherlands East India Company, presented to the Lords States Generall of the united Provinces, in defence of the said Companie, touching the bloudy proceedings against the English Merchants, executed at Amboyna. Together, with the Acts of the Processe, against the sayd English. And the Reply of the English East India Company, to the said Remonstrance and Defence..., 3 parts in one, London: Printed by John Dawson, for the East India Company, 1632, ,29,;,38;47,pp., woodcut armorial to title, bound without E4 blank, last two leaves dampstained, bound with A Catalogue of the Damages for which the English Demand Reparation from the United-Netherlands. As also a List of the Damages, Actions, and Pretenses for which those of ther United-Netherlands demand Reparation and Satisfaction from the English. Together with the Answer of the English, subjoyn'd to the Several and Respective Points of their Demands, London: Henry Brome, 1664, ,75,pp., bound with A Reply of Sir George Downing Knight and Baronet, Envoy Extraordinary from His Majesty of Great-Britain,etc. to the Remarks of the Deputies of the Estates-General, Upon his Memorial of December 20. 1664. Old Stile, London: Printed An no Dom., 1665, ,104pp., some light dust-soiling, early 18th century calf, gilt decorated spine with contrasting morocco labels, joints cracked, upper joint neatly strengthened, 4to The first title was originally published under the title: Waerachtich verhael vande tijdinghen gecomen wt de Oost-Indien. During the first quarter of the 17th century the Dutch East India Company was established in the Indonesian Spice Island of Amboyna (Maluku, formerly Moluccas). At Fort Victoria a Dutch garrison was stationed with a local Dutch governor. English merchants associated with the British East India Company also had interests in the island. In early 1623 the Dutch local governor, Herman van Speult, believed that the 10 English merchants, helped by Japanese mercenaries, planned to kill him and overwhelm the Dutch garrison. He ordered the arrest of the alleged plotters and under torture they admitted their guilt and were found guilty and executed in February 1623. The term massacre was applied to this event by the English. (1)
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