# 15205

Cuenca, Juan de

Celebres triunfos, victorias milagrosas, consagradas a la Sacratissima Virgen del Rosario Maria S.N.

conseguidas con dos galeones de su Magestad en cinco batallas q. tuuieron contra catorce naos de Olandes divididas en tres escuadras el año de 1646, en Philipinas. En Manila : en el Colegio de S. Thomas de Aquino por Gregorio Calara, [1647]. Small quarto, disbound; pp 67; printed on rice paper; title page with woodcut device of the Virgin; separate foliation at upper corners; scattered staining and browning, some loss of text on last two leaves; in a cloth portfolio, housed in a matching protective box of half morocco over cloth, spine lettered in gilt.

Exceedingly rare report on a Dutch foray into Philippines territory; the only known copy.

This work would appear to be a unique account of the five-month blockade of Manila by a Dutch fleet under the explorer Marten de Vries. This action was part of a Dutch plan to stifle Spanish trade with China. It had commenced in the previous year with a similar expedition. De Vries returned in April 1647, but in 1648 his place was taken by Abel Janszoon Tasman who had only recently completed his exploration of the coast of Australia. The licence (on the verso of title) is dated 21 May 1647.

Bernardo, (1523-1699), 645; Jose, Impreso, 114. Both Bernardo and Jose cite the only known example, which is the present copy. Bernardo notes that the last two leaves are damaged and that it was sold by John Howell, San Francisco, while Jose later locates the same copy in the Robinson Trust collection, London. It sold in 1988 in the Sotheby’s, London, sale of The Library of Philip Robinson Part II.