1666 1ed Nieuhof CHINA Dutch East India Illustrated FOLIO Japan Korea Taiwan

NIEUHOF, Johan

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While there were very few 17th-century works written on China, most of those that exist are written by Jesuits. This extremely desirable first edition history of China and the East India Company is by Johan Nieuhof, a Dutch voyager, famous for this work. Nieuhof describes the first trade mission undertaken by the V.O.C. (Dutch East-Indian Trade Company) to the Chinese emperor.

 

Prior to mid-1600s, the image of China and Chinese culture was predominantly dominated by fantasy illustrations, which had been the case for centuries. This book brought China ‘to life’ to Europeans, who were finally given a much more accurate depiction of life if the far East. Thus, “Het Gezantschap” was the first work on China that gave a representation not based on fantasy but rather the immediate and first-hand observations of the author! The popularity of this book led Athanasius Kircher to create his own book, “China Illustrata”, which premiered just two years later.

 

Nieuhof included nearly 150 prints, many of which helped establish a change in European art. Architects and artists based their artwork on Nieuhof’s Chinese designs. The images depicted in the engravings were true in nature, and, again, not based on fantasy or imaginative designs. After this book’s success, it was determined that the Jesuit reports of Chinese culture were now not the only reliable source of China.

 

The book is divided into two distinct parts. The first, covers the East Indies and Southeast Asia, including China, Japan, Korea, and Formosa. The second part gives a more general description of China including:

  • Description of Chinese travel – bridges, roads, highways
  • Mining of stones and metals
  • Botany – seeds, flowers, herbs, fruits and trees
  • Chinese emperors before and after Christ’s birth
  • Chinese wars – Tartary
  • Physical land descriptions – lakes, rivers, mountains, pools
  • Strange, bizarre Chinese customs – language, comedians, magicians, jugglers, funeral burials, clothing fashions
  • Much more!

 

 

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1666 1ed Nieuhof CHINA Dutch East India Illustrated FOLIO Japan Korea Taiwan

 

While there were very few 17th-century works written on China, most of those that exist are written by Jesuits. This extremely desirable first edition history of China and the East India Company is by Johan Nieuhof, a Dutch voyager, famous for this work. Nieuhof describes the first trade mission undertaken by the V.O.C. (Dutch East-Indian Trade Company) to the Chinese emperor.

 

Prior to mid-1600s, the image of China and Chinese culture was predominantly dominated by fantasy illustrations, which had been the case for centuries. This book brought China ‘to life’ to Europeans, who were finally given a much more accurate depiction of life if the far East. Thus, “Het Gezantschap” was the first work on China that gave a representation not based on fantasy but rather the immediate and first-hand observations of the author! The popularity of this book led Athanasius Kircher to create his own book, “China Illustrata”, which premiered just two years later.

 

Nieuhof included nearly 150 prints, many of which helped establish a change in European art. Architects and artists based their artwork on Nieuhof’s Chinese designs. The images depicted in the engravings were true in nature, and, again, not based on fantasy or imaginative designs. After this book’s success, it was determined that the Jesuit reports of Chinese culture were now not the only reliable source of China.

 

The book is divided into two distinct parts. The first, covers the East Indies and Southeast Asia, including China, Japan, Korea, and Formosa. The second part gives a more general description of China including:

  • Description of Chinese travel – bridges, roads, highways
  • Mining of stones and metals
  • Botany – seeds, flowers, herbs, fruits and trees
  • Chinese emperors before and after Christ’s birth
  • Chinese wars – Tartary
  • Physical land descriptions – lakes, rivers, mountains, pools
  • Strange, bizarre Chinese customs – language, comedians, magicians, jugglers, funeral burials, clothing fashions
  • Much more!

 

Item number: #19062

Price: $5950

 

NIEUHOF, Johan

 

Die Gesantschaft der Ost-Indischen Geselschaft in den Vereinigten Niederländern an den tartarischen Cham und nunmehr auch sinischen Keiser

 

In Amsterdam : Gedruckt und verlegt durch Jacob Mörs, 1666. First edition!

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages
    • [4], 444, [12]
    • 33 leaves of plates
    • 108 in-text engravings
  • References: Cordier, Sinica p.2344; Goldsmiths’-Kress no. 01797.1
  • Language: German
  • Binding: Leather; tight and secure
  • Size: ~10.25in X 8.25in (26.5cm x 21cm)
  • Exceedingly rare, valuable, and desirable with auction records and price comparisons as high as $11,000

 

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19062

Category

Asia, Africa, & Middle Eastern

Authors

NIEUHOF, Johan

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

German

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete