Auction 110, Lot 5

"[Lot of 2] L'Ambassade de la Compagnie Orientale des Provinces Unies Vers l'Empereur de la Chine, ou Grand Cam de Tartarie [and] Ioannes Baptista Colbert…", Nieuhoff, Johann

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1665 (circa)


Color: Black & White

See Description

First is the interesting title page (7.2 x 11.2") for Jan Nieuhoff's important chronicle of the first embassy to China by the Dutch East India Company (VOC). The engraving shows the emperor seated on his throne with his arm resting on a large globe. He is surrounded by his generals with prisoners prostrated on the ground before him. Second is a portrait (7.2 x 10.5") of Jean Baptiste Colbert, statesman, finance minister of Louis XIV and promoter of cartography in France. Nieuhoff's book was dedicated to Colbert. Published by Jacob Meurs.


Condition: B

Title page has two ink smudges and chipped edges with some old paper repairs on verso. Portrait with some light soil and ragged margins.

Estimate: $200 - $240

Sold for: $150

Closed on 3/2/2005