's-Gravenhage, Nijhoff, 1926.VIII+265;300pp. With 51 maps & plates, portrait frontispiece, Hardcover, half leather bindings, gilt lettering on spine, armorial bookplate of Mr J. Havelaar, good. Olivier van Noort (1558 – 22 February 1627) was a Dutch merchant captain and pirate and the first Dutchman to circumnavigate the world. Olivier van Noort was born in 1558 in Utrecht. He left Rotterdam on 2 July 1598 with four ships and a plan to attack Spanish possessions in the Pacific and to trade with China and the Spice Islands during the Eighty Years' War between the Netherlands and Spain. His ships were poorly equipped, especially in the way of armament and the crews were unruly. Nonetheless, Van Noort sailed through the Strait of Magellan, and captured a number of ships (Spanish and otherwise) along the Pacific coast of South America.