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Publisher: NIEUHOF, J.
Title: Het gezandtschap der Neerlandtsche Oost-Indische Compagnie, aan den grooten Tartarischen Cham, Den tegenwoordigen Keizer van China. . .
Published: Amsterdam, W. Waasberge, 1693

Size: 12.6 x 8.3 inches.
32.0 x 21.0 cm.
Colouring: Uncoloured.
Condition:  Folio. pp. (6), 208, 258, (9), with engraved frontispiece, engraved portrait of the author, 1 folding engraved map of China and 34 double-page engraved plates and about 100 engravings in the text.
Very fine contemporary calf, richly gilt ornamented spine in 7 compartments with red gilt lettered label. Very good to mint condition.

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Third edition of this beautifully illustrated work on China. The first edition was published in 1665.
Jan Nieuhof was a "Dutch traveler and adventurer" (1618-72). Between 1640 and 1644 Nieuhof was serving as an official of the Dutch West India Company in Brazil, but by 1655 he was in Batavia, in Java, as a servant of the Dutch East India Company. From there he accompanied Pieter de Goyer as a member of the Dutch embassy to Peking…
In 1665 Nieuhof published what is regarded as the definitive account of the Dutch embassy to Peking, and it is for that he is best known" (Howgego p. 752).

The beautifully engraved plates show Chinese towns, Chinese life and animal- and plant life. The present work describes the first embassy of the Dutch East India Company to the court of the Emperor of China in the years 1655-57 in command of Pieter de Goyer and Jakob de Keyser. It is the most profusely illustrated work on China of the period.
This early account of China covers a wide variety of subjects including a large section on newly discovered plants, herbs, fruits of S. China.
With a folding map of all China, Korea, part of Japan, Formosa, South to the Kingdom of Cannan [Annam or Vietnam], Tartary. (435 x 512mm.) Foldings of map partly undelaid with old paper.
The book contains a meticulous description of the people, laws, customs, provinces done in much detail.
The Paolinxi plate mentioned in the index is only present in the Latin edition and is always lacking.



Reference: Landwehr, VOC, 539..

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