3 December 2010
NIEUHOFF, Jan (1618-1622). Het Gezantschap der Nerlandtsche Oost-Indische Compagnie, and den grooten Tartarischen Cham, den tegenwoordigen Keizer van China. Amsterdam: Jacob van Meurs, 1665,
2 parts in one volume, 2o (312 x 198 mm). Title printed in red and black Additional engraved title, engraved portrait, 2 engraved coat-of-arms, engraved folding map and 34 double-page engraved plates, 110 engraved illustrations (map with tears along folds). Contemporary reverse calf, three silk ties (rebacked, old spine laid down).
FIRST EDITION of Nieuhoff's definitive account of the Dutch embassy to Peking. 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. Cordier Sinica 2344; Lust 539.
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