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An Authentic Account of the Embassy of the Dutch East-India Company, to the Court of the Emperor of China, in the Years 1794 and 1795 2 Volume Set - Cambridge Library Collection - East and South-East Asian History
  • An Authentic Account of the Embassy of the Dutch East-India Company, to the Court of the Emperor of China, in the Years 1794 and 1795 2 Volume Set - Cambridge Library Collection - East and South-East Asian History
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An Authentic Account of the Embassy of the Dutch East-India Company, to the Court of the Emperor of China, in the Years 1794 and 1795 2 Volume Set - Cambridge Library Collection - East and South-East Asian History

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Multiple copy pack 682 Pages / Published: 02/06/2011
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First published in French in Philadelphia in 1797 and translated into English for the London edition of 1798 reissued here, this travelogue by Andre Everard van Braam Houckgeest (1739-1801) was received with enthusiasm by readers hungry for exotic accounts of distant lands. It vividly describes a visit to the Chinese imperial court by a delegation from the Dutch East India Company soon after the British Macartney embassy, and delivers a rare glimpse of an unfamiliar landscape and culture. Fascinated by his experiences, van Braam records that he thought it 'far better to lose a few hours rest, than to let a single remarkable object escape me'. In addition to van Braam's diary, Volume 1 includes notes on important cultural concepts, a 'correct chart' of the route taken and a full itinerary, while Volume 2 contains one of the last known descriptions of the spectacular Summer Palace, destroyed in 1860.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108029070
Number of pages: 682
Weight: 910 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 41 mm

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