Image Not Available

L'Ambassade de la Campagne Orientale des Provinces unies vers L'Empereur de la Chine, ou Grand Cam de Tartarie, faite par les Srs. Pierre de Goyer et Jacob de Keyser, illustré d1une tres-exacte description des villes, bourgs, villages, ports de mers, & autres lieux plus considerables de la Chine: enrichie d1un grand nombre de tailles douce. Le tout recuieilli par le Mr. Jean Nieuhoff, Mre. d'hostel de l'ambassade, à present gouverneur en Ceylon: mis en François, orné, & afforti de mille belles particularitez tant morales que politiques, par Jean le Carpentier, histiographe.

Nieuhof, Johannes (1618-1672)

Published by pour Jacob de Meurs, Marchard libraire & graveur de la ville d'Amsterdam,, Leiden:, 1665
Hardcover
From Liber Antiquus Early Books & Manuscripts (Chevy Chase, MD, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since November 12, 2009

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 7,000.00 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 3.00 Within U.S.A. Destination, rates & speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

Folio: [*]1, *4, **2, (:) 2, A-Z4, Aa-Nn4, Oo2, A-R4. The Dutch & the Jesuits in 17th c. ChinaLavishly IllustratedFrom the Library of the French Kings at Neuilly This work is generously illustrated with 110 text engravings each of which take up one third of the page, 34 double-paged engravings and one large folding engraved map of China. The text of the second part "Description générale de l'Empire de la Chine" is primarily the work of the translator, Jean Le Carpentier, and includes chapters on language, architecture, sciences, arts, ethnography, religion, topography, minerals, flora and fauna. The magnificent engravings include numerous cities, palaces, harbor views, vistas, people, plants, and animals. "Nieuhof, a German traveler, born in Westphalia, visited China and Batavia, andpublished in 1665 an account of his journey. Having gone ashore at Madagascar in 1672, he was lost killed, or disappeared mysteriously." (Thomas)"The Dutch East India Company, being well aware of what the Jesuits were publishing about China, sent embassies to the Ch'ing court in an effort to establish direct trade relations with China? "For European readers the Dutch embassy produced in 1665 a major description of China which in a sense combined the two main sources of information about China: the travel relations and the Jesuit missionaries' accounts. Written by the Embassy's secretary, Johann Nieuhof (1618-1672) it combined the author's firsthand observations with information taken from the works of Trigault, Semedo, and Martini. The first part of the book is a narrative of the travels and experiences of the Embassy, introduced by a brief, general description of China drawn from Trigault's work and Martini's "Atlas". The introduction includes an abridgment of Martini's description of those provinces through which the embassy did not travel. Descriptions of the provinces actually visited by Nieuhof were inserted into the narrative at the appropriate places, but these too were taken from Martini's "Atlas" the narrative itself contains much descriptive material, most of which was based upon Nieuhof's personal observations."Part two of Nieuhof's account is a general description of China based primarily on the works of Trigault, Semedo, and Martini. But Nieuhof's general description is longer and more detailed than any of those from which he borrowed. In addition to providing descriptions of Chinese government, religion, learning, customs, etc. Nieuhof also devotes two chapters to Chinese history. Chapter xviii summarizes Chinese history from the mythical emperor Fu Hsi to the Ming dynasty. His discussion of the sage emperors is rather detailed, but beginning with the Hsia dynasty Nieuhof does little more than list dynasties and their dates. With the Mongol dynasty of the thirteenth-century, however, the history becomes more detailed. The chapter ends in about 1640. Martini is the source for all the historical information in the chapter; most of it comes from his "Sinicae historiae" and the rest from his 'De Bello Tartarico". Nieuhof also devotes many chapters to topics such as temples, flora, minerals and mines, animals, rivers, and mountains. These phenomena are discussed province by province. "Nieuhof's account presented the European reader with the most substantial and detailed description of the Middle Kingdom yet published. It contains information from the most important Jesuit sources and adds to them the observations of one of the first Dutchmen to travel to China's interior and to visit the capital. The book is lavishly illustrated. Most of the 150 plates appear to have been based on Nieuhof's own sketches, and while embellishments characteristic of later chinoiserie were added by the engravers or even by the author himself, they nevertheless provided European readers with more realistic visual images of China's landscape than ever before." (Lach) Cordier 2345; Lust 534; Lach "Asia in The Making of Europe", Vol III, Bk I, pp. 482 ff. Bound in. Bookseller Inventory # 2669D

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: L'Ambassade de la Campagne Orientale des ...

Publisher: pour Jacob de Meurs, Marchard libraire & graveur de la ville d'Amsterdam,, Leiden:

Publication Date: 1665

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: FIRST FRENCH EDITION..

Store Description

Liber Antiquus, Early Books & Manuscripts sells rare books in a variety of fields, including medieval manuscripts, science and technology, Greek and Latin authors, the English and Continental Reformations, incunabula, natural history, literature, illustrated art and architecture,and much more. We are available by appointment only and travel widely to deal with private and institutional clients in the Americas and Europe. Please contact us for a specialized list of our inventory, tailored to your interests.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

All items are subject to prior sale.
Items purchased through our catalogue
may be returned within 10 days of
receipt if found wanting. All returns
must be packed, shipped and insured in
the manner in which they were sent. All
returned items must arrive safely and in
the exact condition in which they were
first sent before a refund will be given.

Liber Antiquus, Inc.
Contact: Paul Dowling
7306 Brennon Lane
Chevy Chase MD 20815
paul@liberantiquus.com
202-907-7429

Liber Antiquus, Inc. is a C corpor...

More Information
Shipping Terms:

Books are shipped UPS 2nd Day Air insured. Rates are determined at time of order by email. We will ship UPS Next Day Air insured upon request. Please contact us for a quote.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order PayPal Bank Draft Bank/Wire Transfer