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BRAAM HOUCKGEEST, ANDREAS EVERARDUS VAN: - An Authentic Account of the Embassy of the Dutch East-India Company, of the Court of the Emperor of China, in the Years 1794 and 1795; (subsequent to that of the Earl of Macartney), Containing a Description of Several Parts of the Chinese Empire, unknown to Europeans ... Two volumes. London, Printed for R. Phillips, 1798.

Pp. lii, 288; (ii), 324. With one folding engraved map (foxed, two small tears, one restored at rear). Without the advertising lvs. Contemporary tree calf, flat spines ruled in gilt and with red title labels, marbled edges, lightly rubbed. Old ownership signature on titles. Some minor browning in parts and/or spotting but overall a very pleasant copy. Scarce first English edition translated from the second French edition by M.L. Moreau de Saint-Méry. The original manuscript was written in Dutch, translated into French and first published at Philadelphia in 1797-8. Braam Houckgeest was a Dutch-American merchant who had served as supercargo of the Dutch East India Company in Canton and Macao. He accompanied the embassy to China in 1794-5 together with Isaac Titsingh and Chrétien-Louis-Joseph de Guignes. Of the three accounts treating the embassy, Braam Houckgeest's work is considered the most comprehensive and also the most interesting. (Löwendahl). His account contains a detailed and accurate description of several parts of China not previously visited by Europeans. Cordier BS 2351. See Löwendahl 700.
EUR 1500.00 [Appr.: US$ 1702.61 | £UK 1349.75 | JP¥ 193361] Book number 120272

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