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»Der Ost-Indischen und angrenzenden Königreiche vornehmste Seltenheiten betreffende kurze Erläuterung«

Neue Funde zum Leben und Werk des Leipziger Chirurgen und Handelsmanns Caspar Schamberger (1623-1706)

Published by Kyushu University, The Faculty of Languages and Cultures Library in Fukuoka, Hana Shoin .

About the Book

This book presents a newly discovered text of which only one copy has survived in the Dresden State Art Collections (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Muenzkabinett). It was dedicated to the Duke of Saxony Johann Georg III. and published in 1686 as a private print under the title "Short explanations of the most distinguished rarities in East India and the neighbouring kingdoms".

The author Caspar Schamberger (1623-1706) who had been in Asia for twelve years working as a surgeon on VOC ships and in Dutch trading posts is known as the "father" of the first fully-fledged Western-style surgery school in Japan. His text describes fruits, plants, animals, people, coins etc. from Persia to Japan including the Khoikhoi (Khoisan) in Southern Africa. This is one of the earliest Western accounts of these matters based on observations made during the late 1640s and 1650s.

The extensive commentary (126 pages) gives an outline of Schamberger's life presenting numerous new information on Schamberger's activities after his return to Leipzig in 1658. Schamberger's descriptions are analysed in detail within the context of similar accounts of nine contemporary German travellers: Caspar Schmalkalden, Zacharias Wagener, Heinrich Muche, Johann Wilhelm Vogel, Elias Hesse, Albrecht Herport, George Meister, Andreas Cleyer, Engelbert Kaempfer. Forty-six illustrations selected from Western and Japanese sources convey the iconographic background.

Table of Contents

Einleitung 1
Abriss eines abenteuerlichen Lebens 5
Zurück aus Ostindien – Schamberger in Leipzig 16
Zum Druck der Schambergerschen »Erläuterung« 28
S*truktur und Besonderheiten der drei »Schildereyen« 32
Frühe Ostindien-Fahrer und ihre Bildmaterialien 34
* Caspar Schmalkalden 35
* Zacharias Wagener 37
* Heinrich Muche 40
* Johann Wilhelm Vogel 53
* Elias Hesse 55
* Albrecht Herport 57
* George Meister 61
* Andreas Cleyer 69
* Engelbert Kaempfer 78
Zum Inhalt der Schambergerschen »Erläuterung« 86
* Handel und Wandel der Niederländer in Ostindien 86
* Früchte, Wurzeln, Nüsse 87
* Tiere 107
* Münzen 111
* Ethnische Abbildungen 116
* Sprache und Schrift 123
Rückblick 125
Text: Dreier in Untertänigkeit offerierten Schildereien kurze Erläuterung 127
Quellen und Literatur 169
* Handschriftliche Quellen 169
* Gedruckte Quellen (16.-18. Jh.) 172
* Sekundärliteratur 190
* Allgemeine Nachschlagewerke 204
Register 222

The Physical Object

Pagination 234 pp

ID Numbers

Open Library OL25882088M
ISBN 13 SBN 978-4-903554-71-6

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