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 ... wherein the cities, towns, villages, ports, rivers, &c., in their passages from Canton to Peking are ingeniously describ'd...London: Printed by the author [Ogilby], 1673.
Folio (16 2/8 x 10 2/8 inches). Letterpress title-page printed in red and black (short tears affecting the text on pages 43 and 293, small holes to B2, 2C1 and 3R2, affecting a few letters, light soiling to page 185, pale marginal dampstains to quire 3K, to the text block of page 219 and last few leaves, else BRIGHT AND ATTRACTIVE). Engraved additional title-page by Wenceslas Hollar dated 1668, fine double-page map of China, double-page plan of Canton, and 17 full-page plates engraved plates by Holler and others, 94 engraved vignettes in the text, one letterpress table, engraved and woodcut initials and head-pieces. Contemporary mottled calf, the spine in seven compartments, with six raised bands, red morocco lettering-piece in one, the others finely decorated with small gold tools (expertly rebacked preserving the original spine, corners strengthened, some minor surface abrasions).
Provenance: Front endpapers dated October 5th 1747; Frank Sherwin Streeter (1918-2006) (Collection of Important Navigation, Pacific Voyages, Cartography and Science), his sale 17th April 2007, lot 395.
Second edition in English of Nieuhoff's definitive account of the Dutch embassy to Peking, first published in translation by Ogilby in 1669 by John Macock. The Dutch East India Company was keen to persuade the Emperor to open up the Chinese ports to the Dutch, and Nieuhoff joined Pieter van Goyer and Jacob de Keyser on the mission to visit the Emperor Chun-Chi. The work includes many incidental remarks on the manners and customs of the Chinese, together with a second part comprising a general description of the Chinese Empire. The fine plates and illustrations show town views in China, Tibet and Tartary, together with subjects such as costume and natural history. Including excerpts from Kircher's "China monumentis" (1667). Cordier Sinica 2347; Lust 536; Wing N1153. See Landwehr 543. Catalogued by Kate Hunter