Child, G. (engraved by).
London. 1745- 1747.
Copperplate engraving, image 7 x 11 1/2 inches (18 x 29 cm) on sheet 10 1/4 x 15 inches, two vertical folds as issued, fine condition. A striking view of the important trade city of Canton one of the first treaty ports. The harbor is a riot of activity with ships of all sizes and shapes; the image is after the work of Joan Nieuhof whose 17th century views were amongst the earliest reliable reports of China. Nieuhof was traveling as a member of a Dutch East India embassy eager to establish trade relations with China. This engraving was published in an 18th century compendium of important travel writing: "A New General Collection of Voyages and Travels" (published by Astley). Item #43859