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Antique Print-KANTON-CANTON-GUANGZHOU-SHIP-CHINA-Nieuhof-Ogilby-Hollar-1673
Plate: 'Kanton'. This plate shows a view of the Chinese city of Guangzhou / Canton with its ramparts. Also depicted are many ships of which two are war ships. A pagoda can be seen as well. Engraving and etching on a verge type hand laid paper. Watermark not visible on this sheet. Description: This attractive original old antique print / plate originates from 'An Embassy from the East India Company of the United Provinces, to the Grand Tartar Cham, Emperor of China (.) Also an epistle of father John Adams (.) With an appendix of several remarks taken out of father Athanasius Kircher.', by John Ogilby, 2nd edition, published in London 1673. This is in fact a translation of the original work by Joan Nieuhof, first published in Dutch in 1665 ('Gezandtschap der Nederlandtsche Oost-Indische Compagnie .) The work was famous for its wealth of engravings, while the text was based on earlier (Jesuit) sources as well. In 1669 Ogilby published the first edition of the Dutch Embassy to China. This book combined Nieuhoff's original work with letters from the Jesuit father John Adams as well as a partial translation of Athanasius Kircher's China Illustrata (1667). The engravings in Nieuhof's original Dutch edition were based on illustrations done by artists in China and contained around 150 illustrations. Ogilby had many of them copied for his English translation, although he included around a third fewer pictures. The titles of the illustrations were changed into English and the artists, such as Wenceslaus Hollar, who did the copying, added their own signatures in place of the original a … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: ThePrintsCollector [Zeeland, Netherlands]
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