[Tea plant]Thee ou Cha [in image]
[Amsterdam, published by J. Meursium, 1668]
Engraving with letterpress, sheet 300 x 190mm (11¾ x 7½").
From Johannes Nieuhof's 'Dutch Embassy to the khan of Tartary Shunzhi, the present Emperor of China', 1668, which documented Dutch trade missions sponsored by the VOC or Dutch East India Company. In the history of travel literature Nieuhof is noted for his eyewitness accounts of experiences in Asia and Latin America, and he wrote in detail about the function and place of tea within the highest echelons of Chinese society. Niehof's books were highly popular and swiftly translated into several foreign-language editions, including an English publication by John Ogilby.
See: Reed and Demattè, 'China on Paper: European and Chinese Works on Paper from the Late Sixteenth to Early Nineteenth Century'; Ellis, Coulton and Mauger, 'Empire of Tea: The Asian Leaf that Conquer
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