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Auction: Auction 21.05.2015
was auctioned on: 21 May 2015
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an den Tartarischen Cham und nunmehr auch Sinischenkeyser, edited by Peter de Gojern …

Estimate: £20,000 - £30,000
ca. US$30,912 - US$46,368
Price realised:  n. a.
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an den Tartarischen Cham und nunmehr auch Sinischenkeyser, edited by Peter de Gojern and Jacob Keisern, first German edition, hand-coloured additional engraved pictorial title of the Chinese Emperor sitting on his throne his hand resting on a globe and surrounded by courtiers with a prisoner at his feet, title in red and black with hand-coloured woodcut coat-of-arms, folding hand-coloured map illustrated with animals of the country mounted on stub, hand-coloured engraved portrait of the author, 34 hand-coloured double-page or folding plates and plans including views of Macau, Batavia, Canton, Nanking, Peking etc., and 109 engraved illustrations in the text of views, ceremonies, customs, costumes, animals, fishes and plants etc., all but one hand-coloured, illustration on p.72 pasted over another (small tears at edges where lifted at corners), engraved title with small tear at inner edge and defective at lower outer corner affecting imprint (repaired and crudely supplied in manuscript), folding map very browned and with plan of Canton torn at folds (repaired), rather browned, some soiling and staining, faint trace of old ink stamp on title and with date supplied in ink at foot, old ink inscriptions to front free endpapers, contemporary blind-stamped pigskin over wooden boards with metal clasps, a little rubbed and soiled, lower cover stained, clasps neatly repaired, [Cordier, Sinica 2346], folio, Amsterdam, Jacob van Meurs, 1669. *** The most important embassy to China in the seventeenth century, with superb contemporary hand-colouring. Nieuhof was despatched by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) to China in 1655 with the aim of securing free trade throughout China. He and his companions, including scientists, also used it as an opportunity for exploration, producing a lively account of the expedition accompanied by numerous illustrations of the scenery, customs, fauna and flora of the country, all after Nieuhof's drawings. The work was originally published in Dutch in 1665 but was translated into German, French, English and Latin.

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
Title: Auction 21.05.2015
Date of the auction: 21 May 2015
Address: Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions
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