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 Emperour of China. London: by John Macock for the Author, 1669.
2o (414 x 268 mm). Engraved frontispiece title by Hollar, title printed in red and black, double-page map, double-page plan, 20 engraved plates by Holler and others, 121 engravings in the text, engraved and woodcut initials and head-pieces. (Light dampstaining to upper inner corner, a few marginal tears or chips, tiny hole in Dd1.) Contemporary gilt paneled speckled calf (rebacked preserving original spine). Provenance: Lord Mostyn, the Gloddeath Library, Mostyn Hall (bookplate, his sale, Christie's London, 16 October 1974, lot 967).
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH 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. Ogilby's translation includes excerpts from Kircher's China monumentis (1667). Cordier Sinica 2347; Lust 536; Wing N-1152; See Landwehr 543.