Ogilby's Embassy to China Parts 1 & 2

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Lot 174: Author: Ogilby, John, translator. Title: An Embassy from the East-India Company of the United Provinces to the Grand Tartar Cham Emperor of China.. (and) Atlas Chinensis: Being a Second Part... Place Published: London. Date Published: 1673 & 1671. Description: Two volumes in one, comprising: Nieuhoff, Jan. An Embassy from the East-India Company of the United Provinces to the Grand Tartar Cham Emperor of China.. wherein the Cities, Towns, Villages, Ports, Rivers, etc. in their Passages from Canton to Peking, are Ingeniously Describ'd.. (4) , 327, (1) , 18, 106 pp. With folding map of China; double-page plan of Kanton; 18 copper-engraved plates including frontispiece & added pictorial title-page; 94 engravings in the text. London: By the Author, 1673., Montanus, Arnoldus. Atlas Chinensis: Being a Second Part of a Relation of Remarkable Passages in Two Embassies from the East-India Company of the United Provinces, to the Vice-Roy Singlamong and General Taising Lipovi, and to Konchi, Emperor of China and East Tartary.. (4) , 723 pp. With added copper-engraved title; 38 copper-engraved plates, 32 of them double-page; one large folding view; 57 copper-engraved illustrations in the text. Lacking the two double-page copper-engraved maps. London: Printed by Tho. Johnson for the Author, 1671. Two volumes, bound together. (Folio) 39.5x25 cm. (153/4x93/4"), early full split calf, paneled in blind, red leather label, lettered in gilt, on spine. Second Edition in English of the first title, First Edition in English of the second. Ogilby's two translations of important works on China, handsomely printed, noteworthy not only for text, bringing notice of the mysteries of the East to English readers, but for the magnificent engraved illustrations and plates. Though the second work says Montanus on the title page, it is actually a translation of Olfert Dapper's Gedenkwaerdig bedryf der Nederlandsche Oost-Indische maetschappye, Amst., 1670. Condition: Binding worn, joints and hinges cracked, bookplate (Geo. Losh); lacking two maps, some browning and foxing, a few plates and leaves with closed tears, large folding view with irregular creasing; very good. PBA Galleries' Rare Books & Manuscripts Sunday, 1st November 2015 Estimate: $15000-$25000
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