Amsterdam: Jacob van Meurs, 1665.
View. Copper engraving. Image measures 7 3/4" x 12 1/4"
This lovely engraving depicts the Chinese city of Hoaigan, presently known as Huai'an. Published in the first edition of "An embassy from the East India Company of the United Provinces" (Het gezantschap der Neerlandtsche Oost-Indische Compagnie, aan den grooten Tartarischen Cham, den tegenwoordigen keizer van China) in 1665, the print shows a birds-eye view of the city from outside it's fortifications, along the ancient canal of the Huai River. Ships are seen along the canal, and several pagodas are visible behind the walls.
This print is in very good condition, with some scattered foxing and printers creases. Plate mark and foolscap watermark visible.
Johannes Nieuhof (1618-1672) was a Dutch sailor, merchant, and draughtsman. He traveled extensively and published accounts of his travels, first in Brazil with the Dutch West India Company, and later in China and India with the Dutch East India Company (VOC). His account of China became an important and unique reference for Europeans as it was one the first illustrated depictions of quotidien life during the Qing Dynasty.