[Netherlands] The Effigies of Mr. Jno. Nieuhoff.
Engraving. Plate 273 x 171mm. 10¾ x 6¾".
Frontispiece of 'The Effigies of Mr Nieuhoff' as published in Churchill's 'A Collection of Voyages and Travels'. Johann Nieuhoff (fl.1640-1672) was an official of the Dutch East India Company. He wrote of his journeys to Brazil, China and India. The most famous of these was a trip of 2,400 km from Canton to Peking in 1655-1657, which enabled him to become an authoritative Western writer on China. Nieuhoff had an adventurous career in the service of the Dutch East India Company occupying posts in India, on Ceylon and in Batavia until 1670. He then disappeared without trace on Madagascar, after landing from a sloop in order to seek drinking water.
Ex: Collection Norman Blackburn. NMM: PAD2585.
[Ref: 18636] £130.00