KIRCHNER (ATHANASIUS) Toonneel van China, 1668
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KIRCHNER (ATHANASIUS) Toonneel van China, 1668
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Lot Details
KIRCHER (ATHANASIUS)
Toonneel van China, Door veel, Zo Geestelijke als Werreltijke, Geheugteekenen, Verscheide Vertoningen van de Natuur en Kunst, first edition in Dutch, translated from the Latin by J.H. Glazemaker, additional engraved title, double-page map of China, folding map of Asia showing the trade routes to China, and 22 plates (2 folding, one torn without loss), all as called for on list of plates on verso of final leaf, 60 engravings in the text (mostly half-page), contemporary Dutch pigskin over wooden boards, metal clasps, covers scored, extremities worn [Cordier Sinica, 26; Lust 39], folio, Amsterdam, J. Janssonius van Waesberge and widow of E. Weyerstraet, 1668

Footnotes

  • An exceptionally clean copy of first Dutch edition of China Illustrata, "one of the most influential books in shaping the European conception of China in its day" (B. Löwendahl, Sino-Western Relations... in Western Printed Books 1477-1877. The Catalogue of the Löwendahl-von der Burg Collection, 2008). This edition in Dutch was published a year after the first two Latin editions of the previous year, the second of which was a counterfeit. The plates include a fine portrait of Johann Adam Schall von Bell and eight of Chinese calligraphy; amongst the illustrations are plants and fruit including tea, rhubarb, papaya and pineapple. See illustration on preceding page.

    Provenance: from the library of the Van Foreest family of Nijenburg, Netherlands.
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