Book suggestions regarding Dutch East India Company and related topics

Jan 2016

Lately I've been researching Dutch maritime expansion and trade in the Indian ocean of late 16th and 17th centuries. I'm also interested in metropolitan Dutch history insofar as it is related to this context, i.e., Dutch activities in Asia. So far I have managed to obtain some secondary sources relevant to this topic and have consulted them, but I'd like to know other members' review of these sources and if possible suggestions of additional literature.

The major works I currently have include:

1.) Dutch Ships in Tropical Waters by Robert Parthesius.
2.) Exploring the Dutch Empire - Agents, Networks and Institutions (1600-2000) by Catia Antunes, Jos Gommans.
3.) Navigational Enterprises in Europe and its Empires (1730–1850) by Richard Dunn, Rebekah Higgitt.
4.) The Dutch Colonial System in the East Indies by J. J. ban Klaberen.
5.) The Dutch Republic in the Seventeenth Century by J. L. Price.
6.) Jan Company in Coromandel (1605–1690) by Tapan Raychaudhuri.
7.) Merchant Kings, When Companies Ruled the World (1600-1900) by Stephen R. Bown.
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Dec 2017
I've much enjoyed "Vermeer's hat" by Timothy Brook (Profile Books), he presents the
Dutch commercial network through objects that are seen in Vermeer's paintings.
Subtitled "The seventeenth century & the dawn of the global world".
It has twenty pages of recommended reading & sources.