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    Copiously Illustrated Account of
    Seventeenth-Century China

    John Nieuhoff. [John Ogilby, translator]. An Embassy from the East-India Company of the United Provinces, to the Grand Tartar Cham Emperour of China, Delivered by their Excellcies Peter De Goyer, and Jacob De Keyzer, At his Imperial City of Peking.... London: John Macock, 1669. First edition in English. With an epistle by John Adams and remarks "taken out of" Athanasius Kircher. 327 [i.e. 302], 18, 106 pages. Pagination skips from page 184 to 205, no loss of text. Title page in red and black, engraved frontispiece by Wenceslas Hollar, portrait of the translator, double page map of China (also signed in plate by Hollar), double page engraving of "Kanton", seventeen engraved full page plates [lacking "The Groundplot" of Peking, facsimile laid in], one hundred-twenty in-text engravings, inhabited head-pieces and initials. Contemporary full calf, six raised spine bands, gilt lettered title label "History of China" and gilt designs in compartments. Binding rubbed, scuffed, and scratched, front board detached, rear board detaching, gilt coming off, label chipped, leather loss at head and foot of spine; pages lightly cockled and creased, dampstains, edge wear, occasional tears, few old paper repairs, light soiling, foxing, light browning, ink marks, previous owner's holograph ink name and cellophane tape on verso of frontispiece, very small holes and trail in lower margin of first few leaves from biopredation, margin tear in 2M2, four inch tear in lower margin of leaf 2X1, six inch closed tear in leaf 2Z1, which extends into the text; small hole in K1 of Kircher's China with loss of a few letters; nonetheless internally in very good condition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Nieuhoff was steward of an embassy to the new Qing emperor of China under Peter de Goyer and Jacob de Keyser, which aimed to gain trading rights on China's southern coast. His notes and annotations were first published in 1665. The reports from these embassies formed the only reliable source of information on China available in Western Europe.

    This was the last collaboration between the publisher John Ogilby and Wenceslas Hollar, who had worked together since 1652. The original Dutch version has been published in Leiden in 1665 with fine plates by Jacob de Meurs, which were closely copied for this edition. The plates include town views, natural history, costume and religious subjects. Also included is an English adaptation of Athanasius Kircher's work on China.

    Wing N1152. Cordier 2347. Mendham N50. Pennington-Hollar 1143-1186. Landweher 543.



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