The volume includes an informative forward and preface. I find van der Donck reminiscent of James Adair (in his The history of the American Indians; see OCLC #470066445 at http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/470066445) in that he presents welcome detail on topics often neglected by past and present historians and social scientists (such as architecture and childbirth) but tends to unfortunately fail to consistently detail the sources of his data. There is also a tendency to attribute practices to Indians in general rather than to particular nations.
All in all, a work which will be appreciated by those who are aware of the work necessary to produce a useful scholarly edition and which will be useful to those interested in the social lives of the Middle Atlantic in the 17th century.
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