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Title: Voyage de l'Ambassade de la Compagnie des Indes Orientales Hollandaises, vers l'Empereur de la Chine, en 1794 et 1795; Où se trouve la description de plusieurs parties de cet Empire inconnues aux Européens; Tiré du Journal d'André Everard Van Braam-Houckgeest, Chef de la Direction de cette Compagnie, et Second dans l'Ambassade. Publié par M.L.E. Moreau de Saint Méry. Tome Premier [Tome Second].
Description: Paris, Chez Garnery, Libraire, rue Serpente, n. 17. A Strasbourg, chez Levrault, Libraire, 1798. An 6 De La République [1798]. 8vo. [150 x 80 mm]. In 2 vols. In the contemporary lightcolored paper covers, spine material partially gone, but 70% preserved. Vol. I: [n2, a8,b8, A-Y8]. (IV, XXXII, 1-3512, I (blank) pp. Vol. 2: [n2, A-R8, S7 (without S8 blank)]. (IV, 286 pp.). (Uncut copy; nice wide blank margins.). (In vol. 2, leaf Q1 a corner missing, w. loss of 2 or 3 words.). Very nice original condition, text on good quality paper. As is well known the original edition of Braam Houckgeest narrative of the Embassy of the Dutch to the Emperor of China, an Embassy which was led by the famous Dutch physician, philosopher, orientalist, collector and VOC 'Opperhoofd' Isaac Titsingh was published in Philadelphia in 2 vols. in the years 1797-1798 [we draw your attention to the publications of Dr. Frank Lequin, who has been studying the life and achievements of Titsingh for 30 years, resulting in a number of excellent books: I. Isaac Titsingh (1745 - 1812) [the biography]. 2. A la recherche du Cabinet Titsingh. [the art collection] 3. Isaac Titsingh in China. [the Embassy Journal]. 4. The VOC personnel. A new edition of his thesis. 2005]: Henze vol. I, 334: Monglond IV, 181: Lust 504: Cordier, Bibl. S. 2350: Landwehr, VOC, item 547 (original ed) & 548 'Pirate edition in 8vo...': Cat. NHSM, vol. I, pp. 508, 509 (Or. ed. & Dutch translation): Tiele, comp. 182 (Dutch transl.).: Walravens, 'China Illustrata' pp. 162 - 165: ['Reise der Gesandtschaft...'] An extensive discussion of the original work, the reprints in French, English, German and Dutch (in this order) and Braam's personal background and his reason for joining the Embassy.: The account from Titsingh's point of view in Lequin's 'Isaac Titsingh in China (1794 - 1796). Het onuitgegeven Journaal van zijn Ambassade naar Peking, i.l.c.: Titsingh's Journal, published for the first time in 2005, is based on an autograph discovered by Frank Lequin in 1989 in the Centre d'Archives d'Outre Mer, in combination with the author's corrected copy from the University Library in Leiden. The Titsingh Journal is of the utmost importance because it provides the view of the first in command during the embassy to Emperor Qianlong. Braam van Houckgeest was second in command and would assume command in the event of Titisingh's death. Braam's original 2 volume Philadelphia account, which is very rare, is an important source for the knowledge we have of China at the close of the eighteenth century. With Titsingh as Envoy, Braam van Houckgeest as vice envoy, a third member of the Embassy was the frenchman De Guignes Jr. He also wrote an account of the embassy which was published in 1808, accompanied by an extremely rare and beautiful atlas. It is important to notice that the 2 vol. pirate edition here offered, published by Garnery in Paris in 1798, contains material from the first volume only of the original edition [Philadelphia 1797 -98], describing the journal to Peking from April 2, 1794 to April 4, 1795.: Loehr, G., Braam van Houckgeest, the first American at the court of China. (Princeton Un. Libr. Chronicle, 15, 1954 pp. 179 - 193: Duyvendak, J.J.L., T'oung Pao, 34 & 35, (1938 - 1940), pp. 1 - 137; pp. 329 - 353: See also the extensive entry 700 [1st edition Philadelphia] in vol. II of the Löwendahl-von der Burg collection 'China Illustrata Nova' [2008]:

Keywords: India Company East Indies Travel

Price: EUR 1250.00 = appr. US$ 1358.56 Seller: Antiquariaat B.M.Israel B.V.
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