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Het gezantschap der Neêrlandtsche Oost-Indische Compagnie, aan den grooten Tartarischen Cham, den tegenwoordigen keizer van China:...Amsterdam, Jacob van Meurs, 1670. Folio. With engraved title-page, engraved author's portrait, large folding engraved map of China, 34 double-page engraved plates and views, and 110 half-page engraved illustrations in text, all in fine and strong impressions. The coats of arms of Spiegel and Witsen, apparently optional elements in the preliminaries of the Dutch, French and Latin editions, are not present. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum.
[8], 208, 258, [10] pp.Third edition, in the original Dutch, of "the definitive account" (Howgego) of the embassy that the VOC (Dutch East India Company) sent to the Emperor of China, the entire trip occupying the years 1655 to 1657. Nieuhof's eyewitness account, first published in 1665, was the first extensively illustrated book describing China and is, among works on China, "bis heute eines der bedeutendsten und gesuchtesten" (Walravens). The second part gives a general description of the Chinese empire, including botany and zoology. The first part covers the East Indies and Southeast Asia before going on to China itself. Japan, Korea and Formosa appear as well.Nieuhof served as steward, artist and chronicler on Pieter de Goyer and Jacob de Keyzer's VOC embassy to the Chinese Emperor. The party got a more intimate view of China than almost any other Dutch visitors of the 17th century, and the breadth of Nieuhof's interests and the large number of drawings he made provided a wealth of new material that makes the present work an essential primary source.Good copy with the owners stamp of Friedrich Emanuel Hurter (b. 1787; ''Reichshistoriograff in Wien'') on the verso of the frontispiece and his signature on the first flyleaf, dated 1805.l Howgego G-85, N-25; Landwehr & V.d. Krogt, VOC 539; Löwendahl 147; Tiele, Bibl. 800.
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