PCT-62776

Wortel China - Nieuhof (1665)

  • Technic: Copperplate engraving / etching with hand colouring on hand laid (verge) paper.
  • Condition: Good, given age. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
  • Date: 1665
  • Overall size: 19.1 x 30.7 cm
  • Image size: 15.7 x 10.4 cm
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Description: Antique print, titled: 'Wortel China.' - This original antique print shows the China Root. On verso another (uncoloured) engraving showing ginger.

This attractive original old antique print / plate originates from a Dutch edition of : 'Gezandtschap der Nederlandtsche Oost-Indische Compagnie ... aan den grooten Tartarischen Cham, den tegenwoordigen keizer van China.' (Nieuhof's China expedition from 1655-1657.) by J. Nieuhof. This edition was published in 1665. The work was famous for its wealth of engravings, while the text was based on earlier (Jesuit) sources as well.

Artists and Engravers: Made by 'Johan Nieuhof' after an anonymous artist. Johan / Jan / Johannes Nieuhof / Nieuhoff / Neuhof (1618-1672) was a Dutch traveler who wrote about 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. Johan Nieuhof was born in Uelsen, Germany, of which his father (originally from Zwolle) was mayor. Nieuhof left for Brazil in 1640 as a reserve officer-candidate - from then on, barring two short family visits in 1658 and 1671, he spent all the rest of his life abroad. After an adventurous career in the service of the Dutch East India Company (or VOC) - between 1660 and 1667 he occupied posts in India and on Ceylon - he then lived in Batavia until 1670. He then disappeared without trace on Madagascar, traveling in a sloop from which he had landed to seek drinking water. The engravings are made after Nieuhoff's drawings.