DAPPER, Olfert (ca 1635 - 1690). Gedenkwaerdig Bedryf der Nederlandsche Oost-Indische Maetschappye, op de Kuste en in het Keizerrijk van Taising of Sina. Amsterdam: Jacob van Meurs, 1670.
3 parts in one volume. Folio (12 4/8 x 8 inches). Title-page printed in red and black. Additional engraved allegorical title-page dated 1671, one double-page engraved map, 22 double-page engraved views (some separation at folds to the earlier plates), 5 double-page and folding engraved views (some edges frayed), 6 full-page plates of artifacts and botanical specimens (so 34 of a possible 39), 57 engraved vignettes in the text (contemporary calf, very worn).
Provenance: contemporary ownership inscription on the front paste-down ?Aan Fiellit Fhoten
FIRST EDITION OF DAPPER'S FAMOUS DESCRIPTION OF CHINA
This fascinating work gives a general description of the Dutch East India Company's second and third trade missions to the Chinese court in 1662 and 1664 in addition to a historical and geographical description of the Chinese Empire. This highly popular work was very influential in forging perceptions of China among Dapper's contemporaries. It is richly illustrated with numerous engravings covering religion, language, botany, costumes etc. Dapper had first hand access to many of the Dutch East India employees who went on these historic trade missions and numerous unpublished manuscripts when creating this magnificent work. Landwehr, VOC 544; Cordier, BS 2348. SOLD WITH ALL FAULTS