IDES, EVERT YSBRANTS .

Boeken / Algemene topografie & geschiedenis

Three Years Travels from Moscow over-land to China,

-Bestelnummer: BMAT112.279-

thro’ Great Ustiga, Siriania, Permia, Sibiria, Daour, Great Tartary; &c. to Peking Written by his Excellency E. Ysbrants Ides, Ambassador from the Czar of Muscovy to the Emperor of China. ... To which is Annex’d an Accurate Description of China, done Originally by a Chinese Author. London, Printed for W. Freeman, J. Walthor, T. Newborough, J. Nicholson, and R. Parker. 1706.

4to. Pp. (xii), 191, 190-210 (i.e. 212). With engraved extra title, a large folding map of north Asia by G. Droogenham (short tear nicely repaired without loss) and 30 engraved plates, of which 8 folding. Including a separately title page to the chapter "A Short Description of the vast Empire of China by Dionysius Kao, a Native of that Country". Contemporary mottled calf, spine with five raised bands decorated in gilt and with morocco label. Hinges somewhat cracked but binding still firm. Bookplate of James Ogilvy (1663-1730). Copy of the Cullen House. Ides, a Dane in the service of Peter the Great, was sent as Ambassador to the Emperor of China during the years 1693-1695. This narrative describes the countries along the way, the customs and manners of the inhabitants, their religion, government, ceremonies of the Chinese court, etc. This expedition was also important in laying the groundwork for the Russian-Chinese fur trade. First English edition translated form the Dutch (Amsterdam 1704). The plates are those of the Dutch edition, with the Dutch captions replaced by English. "The Russian embassy had less trouble with the enormous self-esteem of the Chinese than many earlier and later embassies. Before the Tartars became masters of China, it was almost impossible for foreigners to find admittance to the Imperial Court. Under the emperor then ruling, Kan-hi [K’ang-hsi], ministers were courteously received and enabled to transact their business as at any other court. This accommodation was contrary to the temper and traditions of the old Chinese, who opposed it as much as they dared. Kang-hi was desirous of preventing Russian encroachments upon his territories and the Czar was anxious to establish a regular commerce with China. The expedition added considerable geographical knowledge to the little that was known about Manchuria and China". (Cox). Cordier BS 2468. Cox, I, p. 331. Lust 519. Löwendahl, Sino-Western Relations, 294
Chap I of Russia lacks (page 1)

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