Lot No: 8003
Joan Nieuhof: 'Het Gezantschap Der Neerlandtsche Oost-Indische Compagnie, Aan Den Grooten Tartarischen Cham, Den Tegenwoordigen Keizer Van China...door de Sineesche Landtschappen, Quantung, Kiangsi, Nanking, Xantung en Peking...', Amsterdam, Jacob van Meurs, 1665, 1st edition, 2 parts in 1, added engraved title page (with some professional restoration), engraved portrait plate of author, large folding engraved map of China, 33 (of 35), double page engraved plates and views (lacking only the plate of Paolinxi, according to Tiele not found in most copies, from part 1, and Pagoda of Binnen plate from part 2), 110 half page engravings, 2 engraved coats of arms plates of Spiegel and Witsen, title printed in red and black, foxing mainly to earlier leaves, engraved head-piece and initial, woodcut ornamental head and tail-pieces, ,208,258,pp, folio, rebound 20th Century vellum, new EP's, top edge gilt, armorial bookplate of Paul Walter Homberger. The plates show views including Batavia, Canton, Macao, Nanjing, Beijing etc, plans, costumes, flora and fauna etc. First edition of this famous description of the first trade mission undertaken by the V.O.C. (Dutch East-Indian Trading Company) to the emperor of China, the first extensively illustrated book describing China.