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Auction 185, Lot 662

"[Lot of 12 - China]", Ogilby, John

Subject: China

Period: 1671 (published)

Publication: Atlas Chinensis...

Color: Black & White

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This lot includes a dozen engravings of China that originally appeared in Ogilby's Atlas Chinensis; Being a Second Part of a Relation of Remarkable Passages in Two Embassies from the East-India Company of the United Provinces... It features engravings of cities such as Guangzhou, Xiamen (Amoy), Jian-ou, Hangzhou, and Nanking. There are also striking scenes, including a funeral procession, the Emperor leaving Peking, and a view of the Porcelain Tower of Nanjing.

The Atlas Chinensis is the English translation of Olfert Dapper's Gedenkwaerding Bedryf de Nederlandsche Oost-Indische Meetschappye op de Kunste en in het Keizerrijk von Taising Sina (1670), an account of the second and third Dutch diplomatic missions to China in 1662-63 and 1666-67. The engravings draw from original Chinese art, drawings by Dutch merchant Pieter van Doornik, and other European accounts of the nation, including some inspired by Johann Nieuhoff's An Embassy from the East-India Company of the United Provinces... (1665) (also published in English by Ogilby). There are 34 double-page engravings in the complete atlas. The title page of the work credits Arnoldus Montanus with collecting the material and Ogilby with translating and engraving.

A. Castrum a Meinjaceen, (12.9 x 8.8").
B. Lyckstaetsie der Groten, (13.3 x 10.9").
C. Hitsiu, (13.8 x 10.7").
D. Jemping, (13.3 x 10.8").
E. De Stadt Aimuy. The Citie, (13.3 x 9.6").
F. The Departure of the Empirour Hocksieuw to the Emperiass Court at Peking / T Vertreck van Hocksieuw na t Kyserlyck Hof tot Peking, (13.6 x 10.4").
G. The Station Used by the Great Mandaryns / Staetsie der Groote Mandaryns, (13.6 x 10.5").
H. De Stadt Kinningfoe - The Citie, (13.8 x 11.3").
I. Hanchieu, (13.6 x 11.0").
J. Lankin, (13.6 x 11.1").
K. Paolinx Pagode, (12.7 x 8.4").
L. The Welcoming dor by the Lipu Half an Hower Without the Towne Pecking / Welkomst door de Lipu een Half uur Buyten Pecking, (13.9 x 11.0").


Condition: B+

The engravings are very good to near fine, each with a sharp impression on watermarked paper. There is light scattered foxing and soiling, and a few small stains on some of the sheets.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $400

Closed on 11/17/2021