Civil and Corrupt Asia: Image and Text in the Itinerario and the Icones of Jan Huygen Van Linschoten

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Jan Huygen van Linschoten (1562-1611) was a Dutchman who, in 1596, penned the famous Itinerario, an account of his travel to the Indian Peninsula and its eastern surroundings that described the inhabitants of this vast region and quickly became a travel guide for everyone going there. Van Linschoten is held as a key eyewitness of the Portuguese-Asian empire at its height, and as one who worked to shift the center of European expansion from the Iberian peninsula and Italy to the Netherlands and England. In 1604 he published an abridged version, the Icones et Habitus Indorum, which contained 36 of the engravings from the Itinerario together with Latin captions.

Divine and Spoiled Asia reproduces these engravings and their captions (in English), together with an extensive analysis of them by historian Ernst van den Boogaart. In addition to providing unparalleled insights into early modern European views of the East, the engravings also contain valuable depictions of the peoples, customs, and flora and fauna of late sixteenth-century India and neighboring countries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226847009
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ernst van den Boogaart studied history at Brandeis University and the University of Amsterdam. He writes mainly about the Dutch expansion in the Atlantic and has curated exhibitions on the Dutch in Brazil and on the Dutch discovery of Australia.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
The Credibility of the Curious Traveller 1
The Icones 'Drawn from Life'? 6
The Icones as a Depiction of the Hierarchy of Civility in Asia 9
The Icones as a Series of Instructive and Edifying Images 17
Some Characteristics of This Instructive and Edifying Series 29
Did Karel van Mander Devise the Icones? 34
Notes 37
Bibliography 47
Icones Habitus Gestusque Indorum ac Lusitanorum: The plates with a translation of the Latin texts 51
Index 117
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