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OGILBY, John (1600-1676), translator. NIEUHOFF, Jan (1640-1672). An Embassy from the East-India Company of the United Provinces, to the Grand Tartar Cham Emperor of China. London: by the Author, 1673. -- OGILBY, John, translator and Arnoldus MONTANUS, (ca 1625-1683) editor. Atlas Chinensis: Being a second part of a relation of remarkable passages in two embassies from the East India Company of the United Provinces to the Vice-roy Singlamong and General Taising Lipovi, and to Konchi, Emperor of China and East Tartary. London: Tho. Johnson for the author, 1671.

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OGILBY, John (1600-1676), translator. NIEUHOFF, Jan (1640-1672). An Embassy from the East-India Company of the United Provinces, to the Grand Tartar Cham Emperor of China. London: by the Author, 1673. -- OGILBY, John, translator and Arnoldus MONTANUS, (ca 1625-1683) editor. Atlas Chinensis: Being a second part of a relation of remarkable passages in two embassies from the East India Company of the United Provinces to the Vice-roy Singlamong and General Taising Lipovi, and to Konchi, Emperor of China and East Tartary. London: Tho. Johnson for the author, 1671.

Second edition in English of Nieuhoff's definitive account of the Dutch embassy to Peking and first edition in English of the Atlas Chinensis.

2 volumes, vol. I: folio (410 x 262 mm). Engraved frontispiece title, letterpress title in red and black, double-page map, double-page plan, 17 engraved plates, 121 engravings in the text, engraved and woodcut initials and head-pieces. (Some staining, a few marginal tears.) Contemporary calf, (dried and worn); vol II: folio (420 x 270 mm). Engraved frontispiece, 39 (of 40?) engraved plates, (30 double-page, and 3 folding), numerous engraved illustrations in text of towns and social customs (some light staining and darkening). Contemporary calf, spine elaborately gilt (dried and worn). Cordier Sinica 2347 and 2349.

The Dutch East India Company was keen to persuade the Emperor to open up the Chinese ports to the Dutch, and Nieuhoff joined Pieter van Goyer and Jacob de Keyser on the mission to visit the Emperor Chun-Chi. The work includes many incidental remarks on the manners and customs of the Chinese, together with a second part comprising a general description of the Chinese Empire. The fine plates and illustrations show town views in China, Tibet and Tartary, together with subjects such as costume and natural history. Ogilby's translation, first published in 1669, includes excerpts from Kircher's China monumentis (1667). Lust 536; Wing N1153. See Landwehr 543 and Lowndes 1719; Lust 525; Wing D-242.

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