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The Rev. M.r Aaron.
The Rev. M.r Aaron. Born at Cadalor of Heathen Parents A.D. 1695, instructed in the Christian Religion and baptized 1718, appointed Schoolmaster 1719. Ordained at Tranquebar for a Minister among the Pagans A.D. 1733. The Drawing from which this was Engrav'd was the gift of the Rev: Mr. Seigenhagen to the Rt. Hon. Selina Countess of Huntingdon, 1744. in whose Possession this Plate is preserved.
G. Vertue Sc.
[n.d., c.1744.]
Scarce engraving. 305 x 200mm (12 z 8"), large margins. Tear entering plate taped on the front, some staining.
Naive full-length portrait of a man in native dress, with a church and school on hills behind. Born into a merchant family of Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu, Aaron was originally named Arumugam. When the first Protestant mission in India opened a school in his neighbourhood, he was one of the first students at the school to learn from Tamil books printed by the Tranquebar Lutheran Mission. In 1718 he travelled to Tranquebar where he was baptised and Christened 'Aaron' by Bartholomaeus Ziegenbaig, a pioneer of Protestant missionary activity in India. He was ordained in 1733. He died in 1745. He was mourned by both Hindu & Christians.
Alexander: 866
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[Portrait of Chinese mandarin Hesing (Xi Sheng).]
[Portrait of Chinese mandarin Hesing (Xi Sheng).] Sept 12th 1848. Keying. Hesing.
Scarce wood engraved portrait, signed and dated in ink mss, in both Roman and Chinese characters, with two Chinese stamps in red ink. 190 x 125mm (7½ x 5"). Laid on album paper, some staining.
A signed portrait of a Chinese mandarin who travelled aboard the 'Keying', a three-masted junk purchased in secrecy by British businessmen in Hong Kong, defying a Chinese law prohibiting the sale of Chinese ships to foreigners. She left Hong Kong in December 1846, rounding the Cape of Good Hope and becoming the first junk to visit New York in July 1847. Keying left for Britain in February and, despite being damaged in a storm, made the crossing in 21 days, a short period even for the American packet-ships. This portrait was published as a souvenir of the visit of the Keying to London, where it was visited by Queen Victoria.
See Ref 43257.
[Ref: 58948]   £950.00  
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Makou.
Makou.
[Wenceslaus Hollar.]
[London: John Ogilby, 1669.]
Etching, 17th century watermark; 210 x 320mm (8¼ x 12½"). Original binding folds.
A fine view of the Portuguese enclave of Macao from the sea, with Dutch ships with guns firing in the foreground. Although unsigned, this view was etched by Wenceslaus Hollar for John Ogilby's 'An Embassy from the East-India Company of the United Provinces', the first English edition of Johann Nieuhof's account of the embassy. However this state was included in Ogilby's edition of Arnoldus Montanus's 'Asia'.
Pennington 1157, state i of iii.
[Ref: 58669]   £380.00  
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[Nan'an] Nangan. [&] A Chinese Sepulcher.
[Nan'an] Nangan. [&] A Chinese Sepulcher.
[Wenceslaus Hollar]
[London: John Ogilby, 1669.]
Two etchings, mounted on album paper back to back. Each sheet c.105 x 170mm (4¼ x 6¾") Trimmed to plate.
Two views: a view of a junk on a river at Nan'an, a suburb of Ganzhou; and a view of a tomb cut into the side of a hill, with a funeral procession. Etched by Wenceslaus Hollar for John Ogilby's 'An Embassy from the East-India Company of the United Provinces', the first English edition of Johann Nieuhof's account of the embassy.
Pennington 1159 & 2389.
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Pinqua.
Pinqua.
[n.d. c.1800]
Wood cut, sheet 390 x 230mm (15½ x 9"). Trimmed and glued to backing sheet.
A chinese style wood block print featuring three asian men, with flowing robes and beards. One holds a scroll whose top character translates to 'blessing', and second 'flow'. Pinqua may refer to Yang Pinqua (fl.1747-1795), Chinese name Yang Bingguan but also named Yang Cengong, a well-known porcelain dealer in Canton during the mid-eighteenth century who was appointed a Hong merchant in 1782. He also sold black tea, mostly Bohea to the VOC. This could be a tea label.
[Ref: 59111]   £480.00  
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Silk Reeling. Che.kiang
Silk Reeling. Che.kiang
Fr Schenck. 50 Geo. St Edin. [n.d. c.1860]
Hand coloured lithograph, sheet 125 x 190mm (5 x 7½"). Bottom margin slightly creased.
A country scene in Zhejiang (Chekiang), China of people making silk thread. One person checks mulberry leaves for silkworm cocoons, another sits creating bundles perhaps for twig frames for the silkworms, one person guides the thread onto the wheel that winds it onto spools, with another person turning. Someone watches from a window nearby and two older people watch them closely. Chickens peck at the ground.
[Ref: 58995]   £140.00   (£168.00 incl.VAT)
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