This elegant engraving of Nanxiong in the Guangdong province is copied from the work of Johan Nieuhof, the official chronicler and draughtsman for the first embassy to China by the Dutch East India Company (VOC). His record of the trip became the most important source of information about China for Europe in the 17th century. As in Nieuhof's view, this engraving shows vessels in the river that cuts through the city. Buildings line the banks, and a bridge spans the river. In the distance, mountains loom over the city. Engraved by Basire for Astley's A New General Collection of Voyages and Travels, a four-volume anthology of travel narratives compiled by John Green.
A crisp impression issued folding with light toning, a couple minor spots, and two short fold separations at top, one of which just enters the image.