An exceedingly rare Americana, issued from the private presses of Peter Brahe at Wisingsborg Castle in Sweden.
Fragment of an account of a voyage to several parts of South America between 1639 and 1645 by Michael Hemmersam, a German navigator in the service of the Dutch East India Company, first published in Nuremberg in 1645.
One of the scarcest of the Swedish typographical productions of the seventeenth century on America. The larger part of it is devoted to South America (pp. 12-42); of North America particular notice has been taken only of Virginia; its description fills (pp. 7-11). Although the book bears no printer's name, it is, no doubt, printed by John Kankel of Wysingsborg, as it forms part of the second edition of Hemmersam's voyage and other works on Asia (Sabin, n°38244).
The work was probably printed by Johannes Kankel, the printer whom Count Peter Brahe brought from Pomerania to take care of his private printing house which was active from 1667 to 1687 according to Deschamps (col. 1380-1381). In the 18th century, 28 works were listed as having come off these presses, all of them very rare because of the small number of copies that were printed (cf. Dissertatio de Libris in Typographia wisingsburgensi impressis, 1792, n°19).