"[Lot of 4] Kiangsi [and] Namkun of ou Nankang [and] Tonglou [and] Tonglingh", Nieuhoff, Johann
Period: 1665 (published)
Publication: L' Ambassade de la Compagnie Orientale ... l' Empereur de la Chine
Color: Black & White
12.5 x 7.7 inches
31.8 x 19.6 cm
Four finely engraved views of Chinese cities. These views are from the first Dutch description of the Empire of China & one of the few non-Jesuit sources on China of this period. Nieuhoff was the official chronicler & draughtsman for the first embassy to China by the Dutch East India Company (VOC), then at the height of its power. His record of the trip, became the most important source of information about China for Europe in the 17th century.
Mostly very good except for a slightly uneven impression on Nanking.