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An embassy from the East-India Company of the United Provinces, to the Grand Tartar Cham, emperor of China : delivered by their excellencies Peter de Goyer and Jacob de Keyzer, at his imperial city of Peking wherein the cities, towns, villages, ports, rivers, &c in their passages from Canton to Peking are ingeniously described by John Nieuhoff : also an epistle of Father John Adams, their antagonist, concerning the whole negotiation : with an appendix of several remarks taken out of Father Athanasius Kircher : Englished and set forth with their several sculptures by John Ogilby

  • 1673
London, England: Printed for the Author [i.e. Ogilby]
  • The 2d ed.</br></br>Jan Nieuhof (Dutch, 1618-1672) visited China in 1655 on a trade mission to the court of the Chinese Emperor. His account of the trip and description of China were initially published in Amsterdam in 1665, accompanied by illustrations based on first-hand observations. Nieuhof's Dutch account was thereafter translated into French, German, English, and Latin; and the illustrations were replicated at variable skill levels, sometimes in mirrored images. An Embassy from the East-India Company of the United Provinces, to the Grand Tartar Cham, Emperor of China... (1673), the second English edition, has been digitized here. This edition was translated by John Ogilby and published in London. The volume includes Nieuhof’s text, an additional narrative account by Father John Adams, an extensive appendix taken from Athanasius Kircher’s “Antiquities of China,” as well as over one hundred illustrations. These early images of China helped fuel a European fascination with Chinoiserie that continued into the next century, and Nieuhof served as a design source for ceramics, furniture veneers, metalwork and more. Nieuhof’s accurate representations of pagoda architecture are especially notable. In the 1760s, a pagoda was erected in London’s Kew Gardens, and Philadelphia’s Pagoda and Labyrinth Garden was created in 1828. UW-Madison, Memorial Library Special Collections holds several 17th century editions of Nieuhof, in Latin, German, English, and Dutch. The digitized volume is at call number G66 N55 1673.

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Goyer, Pieter de
Keizer, Jacob de
London, England: Printed for the Author [i.e. Ogilby]
Description of Original
1 preliminary leaf, 431 pages : frontispiece, illustrations, plates, double map, plans (1 double) ; 42 cm
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Available Contents

  1. [Cover]
  2. An embassy sent by the East-India Company, of the United Provinces to the Grand Tartar Cham or Emperor of China delivered at Pekin by Peter de Goyer and Jacob de Keyzer A 1655
  3. [Title Page]
  4. A description of China taken by the author M. John Neuhoff in his journeys with the Batavian Ambassadours from Canton to the Emperours Court of Peking [map]
  5. An exact relation of the embassy sent by the East-India Company of the United Provinces to the Grand Tartar Cham, or Emperor of China, delivered at Peking the Imperial City &c.
  6. A general description of the Empire of China
  7. Chap. I. Of the government and several chief officers in China.
  8. Chap. II. Of the characters, language, writing, and literature of the Chineses: And in what manner the learned in China arrive to the several degrees of knowledge.
  9. Chap. III. Of several Chinese handicraft-trades, comedians, juglers, and beggers.
  10. Chap. IV. Of some strange customs, fashions, and manners, in use amongst the Chineses.
  11. Chap. V. Of their ceremonies, and manner of burials; and of their tombs or monuments.
  12. Chap. VI. Of the form, shape, and make of the body, and the fashion of their clothes.
  13. Chap. VII. Of some superstitious customs, fashions, and other errors in use amongst the Chineses.
  14. Chap. VIII. Of several sects in China: concerning philosophy, and idol-worship.
  15. Chap. IX. Of idol-temples.
  16. Chap. X. Of towers and sea-marks.
  17. Chap. XI. Of rivers, channels, high-ways, bridges, ships, &c.
  18. Chap. XII. Of rivers, waterfalls, lakes, &c.
  19. Chap. XIII. Of hills and mountains.
  20. Chap. XIV. Of mines of all sorts, as metals, stones, &c.
  21. Chap. XV. Of roots, herbs, flowers, reeds, trees, and fruits.
  22. Chap. XVI. Of animals.
  23. Chap. XVII. Of some things more than natural, and strange pools.
  24. Chap. XVIII. Of the Chinese kings and emperors, which have govern'd in China before and since Christ's birth.
  25. Chap. XIX. Of the last Chinese and Tartar war, wherein the Tartars over-ran and conquer'd the whole Empire of China.
  26. A narrative of the success of an embassage sent by John Maatzuyker de Badem, general of Batavia unto the emperor of China and Tartary, the 20th of July 1655.
  27. An appendix: or special remarks taken at large out of Athanasius Kircher's Antiquities of China
  28. [Kircher appendix] Part I. Chap. I. The cause and occasion of this work.
  29. [Kircher appendix] Chap. II.
  30. [Kircher appendix] Chap. III. An interpretation of the Syriack names inscrib'd upon the monument.
  31. [Kircher appendix] Of the various voyages and travels undertaken into China.
  32. [Kircher appendix] Part II. Chap. I. By whom, and by what means the Holy Gospel of Christ was at divers times introduc'd into the uttermost regions of the East, into India, Tartaria, China, and other countries of Asia.
  33. [Kircher appendix] Chap. II. Of Cathay, and its proper and genuine situation.
  34. [Kircher appendix] Sect. I. The voyage of Benedict Goes, of the Society of Jesus, into Cathay or China, taken out of Father Nicholas Trigautius.
  35. [Kircher appendix] Sect. II. Another voyage from China to the Mogor, perform'd by the Fathers of our society, Father Albert Dorville, and Father John Gruberus.
  36. [Kircher appendix] Chap. III. Of the various habits, manners, and customs of the men of those kingdoms, which were observ'd and drawn by the aforesaid Fathers, Albert Dorville, and Gruberus, as they pass'd through them.
  37. [Kircher appendix] Chap. IV. Of the voyage attempted by Father Amatus Chesaud, a French-man, superior of the residency of Isphahan, for the discovery of an easie and ready passage into China, extracted out of his letter written in the Persian language, and directed unto Father Athanasius Kircher.
  38. [Kircher appendix] Chap. V. The voyage perform'd by Marcus Paulus Venetus, and Haython the Armenian, into Cathay or China.
  39. [Kircher appendix] Chap. VI. Of the introduction of the Christian faith into the foremention'd kingdoms of Tartary and Cathay, by the now alledg'd voyages.
  40. [Kircher appendix] Chap. VII. Of the last introduction of Christianity into China.
  41. [Kircher appendix] Chap. VIII. Of the correction of the Chinese calendar, and how much good redounded from thence.
  42. [Kircher appendix] Chap. IX. Of the mode that our fathers are wont to proceed in, in the conversion of the Chinese.
  43. [Kircher appendix] Some special remarks taken out of Athanasius Kircher's Antiquities of China.
  44. [Kircher appendix] Part III. Of the idolatry of the Chineses.
  45. [Kircher appendix] Part IV. The preface
  46. [Kircher appendix] Chap. I. Of the wonderful situation of China, and the manner of the peoples living there.
  47. [Kircher appendix] Chap. II. Of the political government of the Chineses.
  48. [Kircher appendix] Chap. III. Of the cities of China, and the customs of the inhabitants.
  49. [Kircher appendix] Chap. IV. Of the mountains of China, and the stupendious prodigies of nature which are observ'd in them.
  50. [Kircher appendix] Chap. V. Of wonderful lakes, rivers, and springs.
  51. [Kircher appendix] Chap. VI. Of strange or forein plants in China.
  52. [Kircher appendix] Chap. VII. Of strange beasts or animals in China.
  53. [Kircher appendix] Chap. VIII. Of several fowls no where found but in China.
  54. [Kircher appendix] Chap. IX. Of the fishes in China.
  55. [Kircher appendix] Chap. X. Of the serpents of China.
  56. [Kircher appendix] Chap. XI. Of the wondrous stones and minerals in China.
  57. [Kircher appendix] Part. V. The preface.
  58. [Kircher appendix] Chap. I. Of the bridges and wonderful fabricks of the Chineses.
  59. [Kircher appendix] Part. VI. Of the hieroglyphical characters of the Chineses.
  60. [Cover]