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NIEUHOFF, John; OGILBY, John (translator)

An embassy from the East-India Company of the United Provinces,

to the Grand Tartar Cham Emperor of China. Deliver'd by their excellencies Peter de Goyer, and Jacob de Keyzer, at his imperial city of Peking. Wherin the cities, towns, villages, ports, rivers, &c. in their passages from Canton to Peking, are in

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The great Dutch Embassies to China, in the scarce English edition translated by John Ogilby.

Nieuhof 's celebrated account of the first trade mission, undertaken in 1655-57 by Pieter van Goyer and Jacob Keyzer on behalf of the Dutch East India Company (VOC), to the Imperial Court and the Emperor of China and one of the very few non-Jesuit sources of theperiod. Originally published in Dutch in 1665, it is regarded as the definitive account of the Dutch Embassy to Peking, breaking the age-old policy of keeping foreigners out of the country. John Ogilby worked on the works' translation and until the mid-nineteenth century it remained the most authoritative account of China. The numerous engravings were executed after the author's own drawings and give a detailed picture of Chinese life as well as illustrating views and places.

Johannes Nieuhof came into the service of the VOC, after having travelled in the service

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First English editions, folio (42 x 27 cm) I. Title-page printed in red and black, portrait frontispiece of John Ogilby signed by P. Lilly, additional engraved title-page by Hollar, double-page engraved map and 19 engraved plates (of which one double-page, 121 engravings in thetext, of which 14 signed by Hollar, plate at page 40 with short margins, occasional light toning, occasional dusty margin, new endpapers.

II. Letterpress title-page printed in red and black, additional engraved title-page, double-page engraved map, 38 plates in full-page of which 32 double-page, 57 engravings in the text, plate at page 44 with short margin and repair to lower margin not affecting image, occasional light toning, new endpapers.

Together 2 volumes, contemporary mottled calf, neatly rebacked, spines richly gilt, a very handsome set.


I. Cordier Sinica 2347; Landwehr (VOC) 543; cf. Lowendahl 147; Lust, 536; New Hollstein, German, Hollar 2038-2112; Pennington 1143-1186; Wing N1152. II. Cordier, Sinica 2349; Landwehr (VOC) 545; Löwendahl 145 (note); Lust 525; Wing M2482.

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