[TRAVEL & EXPLORATION]. OGILBY, John (1600-1676), translator. NIEUHOFF, Jan (1640-1672). An Embassy from the East-India Company of the United Provinces, to the Grand Tartar Cham Emperor of China. London: by the Author, 1673.
Folio (416 x 260 mm). Engraved title, letterpress title printed in red and black, double-page map, double-page plan, 17 engraved plates, 121 engravings in the text, engraved and woodcut initials and head-pieces. (A few leaves with small rust-holes, occasionally touching letters, a few occasional spots.) Contemporary calf (rebacked to style, worn).
Second edition in English of Nieuhoff's definitive account of the Dutch embassy to Peking. In an attempt to persuade the Emperor to open Chinese ports to the Dutch, The Dutch East India Company sent Nieuhoff, along with Pieter van Goyer and Jacob de Keyser, on a mission to visit the Emperor Chun-Chi. The fine plates and illustrations depict town views in China, Tibet and Tartary, and also illustrate costume and natural history. Ogilby's translation, first published in 1669, includes excerpts from Kircher's China monumentis (1667). Lust 536; Wing N-1153 (see Landwehr 543; Lowndes 1719; Wing D-242).
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