5 April 2016
KAEMPFER, Engelbert (1651-1716). Histoire Naturelle, Civile, et Ecclésiastique de l'Empire du Japon: Composée en Allemand... & traduite en François sur la Version Anglaise de Jean-Gaspar Scheuchzer. The Hague: P.Gosse & J.Neaulme, 1729.
2 volumes in one, 2° (388 x 252 mm). Titles printed in red and black with engraved vignettes. Engraved frontispiece, one head-piece, 45 engraved plates, plans and maps (mostly double-page or folding). (Engraved title margin browned, occasional very minor spotting or browning.) Contemporary speckled calf gilt (minor wear to joints and extremities).
FIRST EDITION IN FRENCH. Kaempfer was a naturalist, traveller and doctor who, on behalf of the Dutch East India Company, visited Japan in 1690. He remained for two years and gathered an enormous amount of information and specimens: the important botanical material was bought, after his death, by Sir Hans Sloane, who organized the English translation of this work. A TALL COPY. Brunet III.638; Cordier, Japonica, 416; Cox I, p. 332-333; DSB VII, 204-5; Jones Checklist, 433. Nordenskiöld 514; Quérard IV, p. 282; Wroth 90 (map).
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In conversation with the Korean-American artist, whose recent painting The Evolution of Perception will be offered at Christie’s in Hong Kong on 25 November
As this 1,000-year-old Ru tea bowl comes to auction in Hong Kong, we look at the evolution of the grey-green ware from Yue to Yaozhou to Ru