Het gezandtschap der Neerlandtsche Oost-Indische Compagnie, aan den grooten Tartarischen Cham, Den tegenwoordigen Keizer van China. . .
$5500 / ≈ €5500
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 an extensive section on newly discovered plants, herbs, and fruits of S. China.
With a folding map of all of China, Korea, part of Japan, Formosa, South to the Kingdom of Cannan [Annam or Vietnam], Tartary. (435 x 512mm.) Foldings of map partly underlaid with old paper.
The book contains a meticulous description of the people, laws, customs, and provinces 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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