"Interior aulae Imperatoriae facies T KEYSERS HOF van binnen" Original copperplate engraving from "Legatio Batavica ad Magnum Tartariae Chamum Sungteium, Modernum Sinae Imperatorem..."
Place Published: [Amsterdam
Publisher: Jacob Meurs
Date Published: 1668]
Edition: First edition
Condition: Light spotting, horizontal centerfold, overall very good.
Book Id: 21675
Original copperplate engraving, sheet size 31 x 35 cm, image size 18.5 x 29.5 cm. Depicts the courtyard of the Imperial Palace with three Dutch ambassadors apparently awaiting audience with the Emperor. Upper right and left corners of the plate contain a key (left Latin, right Dutch) to figures in the image.
Dutch traveler Jan Nieuhoff (1618-1672) was a member the Dutch East India Company, serving as steward on one of their embassies to China from 1655-57. In addition to writing the account of the mission, his sketches and drawings were the basis for the engravings illustrating his books.