The China volumes from Van der Aa’s monumental Galérie Agréable
By AA, Pieter van der, 1728
La Galérie agréable du Monde… le Tome Premier de Chine & Grande Tartarie…
- Author: AA, Pieter van der
- Publication place: Leyden
- Publisher: Pierre vander Aa
- Publication date: 1728
- Physical description: Three volumes, quarto (385 by 270mm), three titles in red and black, 14pp. text, 122 (of 126) engraved maps and views (lacking four plates from volume three), half calf over original publisher’s marbled paper boards, rebacked.
- Inventory reference: 12024
The great work was made up of 66 parts, and although it professed to cover the entire world, it was due to the quantity of European material in Van der Aa’s stock, somewhat Eurocentric, that 47 of the 66 parts cover Europe. The plates generally consist of views, maps, and street plans, with some plates depicting native dress. Of the volumes covering foreign parts, as in the present example, there are a great many plates covering religious ceremonies, customs, as well as exotic flora and fauna.
What the work shows is the collected graphic knowledge of one of, if not the, leading European publisher of his day. The plates in the three China volumes show numerous panoramas of the principle cities including Beijing, Nanjing, Guangdong, and Tianjin; costume plates, views of the Forbidden City, Pagodas, Chinese gods, Buddhist temples, numerous Mandarins, the Dutch ambassador’s mission to China, flags, court ceremonies, funeral rites, animals, cormorant fishing, Chinese ships, and fireworks.
- Van der Krogt, Peter. Joeman’s Atlantes Neerlandici
- Koeman, C and van der Krogt, Pieter (2000–2010). Koeman’s Atlantes Neerlandici. MS’t Goy-Houten: HES & De Graaf Publishers. 9 vols.