Jan Janszoon Struys was born in Amsterdam about 400 years ago and studied shipbuilding from childhood. Young Jan Struys escaped from his strict father, enlisting in Amsterdam as a sailing master on a ship in the great commercial voyage of the Genoese. In his travels, among other things, he:
In 1668, Struys was hired as a sailing master on the ship “Orel” in the Muscovy, a country little known in Europe, which was just creating the first large seagoing ships to sail under its own flag. When Razin turned from campaigns and theft to an uprising, then, having learned about the defeat of the tsarist troops, Struys with a group of comrades fled from the ship “Orel”, but in the territory of Dagestan he was captured by the mountaineers, tortured and sold into slavery. With the help of Ludwig Fabricius, he was bought back in Persia, from where Struis reached Holland. In 1675, Jan Struys wrote a fascinating book about his adventures, in which, in a vivid and imaginative language, he outlined the details of the life, behavior, appearance of people in those parts where he happened to be.
“Three Remarkable and Calamitous Travels through Italy, Greece, Livonia, Muscovy, Tartary, Media, Persia, East India, Japan and various other Districts”:
Title page of possibly the oldest publicly available German-language edition of Struys’s book. The entire book is printed using a Schwabacher Gothic font. But at the same time, everywhere there is an Antiqua of Garamond typeface or some similar Latin script (highlighted with a red frame). The very name of the author “Joh. Jansz.” is typed in Antiqua, and the surname “Strauszens”, as well as the main text – Schwabacher. Now his surname is spelled in Latin as “Struys” and his name is “Jan Janszoon”. Continue reading