Currently we are planning the following new books:
Journaal van een Reijs van de Caab tot Batavia, 1781.
By Pieter Gerardus van Overstraeten
Van Overstraeten travels to Batavia to take up office as an extraordinary member of the
Justice Council. During the stay on Cape Hope, he starts with a journal, because life is so
different there, compared to home. In his impressions, he describes daily life on the Cape,
his stirring voyage to Batavia and his first experiences there.
Some twenty years later, Van Overstraeten is the general governor during whose rule the
Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC) was dissolved.
His travel journal is an interesting document for the formation of an image
of the social and cultural life in these two important VOC settlements.
Adrienne Zuiderweg is the editor of this first printed edition.
Journaal van een reis door de West Indien, 1792-1793.
The well-off young man Pieter Constantijn Groen from Amsterdam leaves for West-Indië
in August 1792 to take notice of 'verscheide kundigheden die Europa niet opleverd'
(several experiences that Europe doensn't provide).
He stays on various plantations to learn the planter's trade and he meets governors and
other members of the colonial elite. Furthermore, he goes into the South-American wilderness
with a group of 'Indians'. Both slavery and the attached colonial ethics, especially regarding
the treatment of black and coloured women, are accepted without question. He describes his many
amourous escapades in great detail.
The text is introduced and commented on by Han Jordaan.