"2 engraved views of Quangong, Chinese god of war, on 1 double sheet plate. Source: Dapper, Gedenkwaerdig bedryf (Van Meurs 1670). 1 atlas in 3 volumes, covering China & Grand Tartary, 3 titles in red and black, 14 pages of text and table of contents in volume 1. Includes 125 engraved double page and foldout views and maps, with cartouches decorated with figures, cherubs, fauna. Sheets 12, 20, 21, 23 missing. Sheet 42 numbered 22. Maps and views consist of panoramas of the provinces, towns, fortresses, coasts, rivers, seaports, rivers, mountains, principle cities including Beijing, Nanjing, Guangdong, and Tianjin, Forbidden City, pagodas, Chinese gods, Buddhist temples, flags, native people, native costumes, islands, rivers, seaports, religious ceremonies, animals, fishing, Chinese ships, fireworks, as well as exotic flora and fauna. Relief shown pictorially. Includes extensive text in volume 1. Includes description of illustrations and maps. Published at Leiden, by Pierre van der Aa. Bound in half leather marbled paper covered boards with ""Galerie agreable du monde Chine"" stamped on the spine in gilt. Pieter van der Aa, a Dutch publisher and printer was best known for his cartographic work. He opened a bookshop and publishing house in Leiden in 1677, and started his first business there in 1683. By 1694 he was made printer to Leiden University, and by 1715, he was appointed the official printer to the town of Leiden. He gradually broadened his publishing scope and by the turn of the eighteenth century had moved into the publication of works on travel and topography. He produced a series of atlases and collections of voyages composed of plates acquired from other cartographers. His career culminated with the publishing of his illustrated atlas of the world, the “Galerie Agreable du Monde” made up of 66 volumes, the largest book of prints ever published. Only 100 copies are said to have been printed. The great work covers Europe, Asia, Africa and America, and although it professed to cover the entire world, due to the quantity of European material in Van der Aa's stock, 47 of the 66 parts cover Europe. The “Galerie” did not just cover geography, but also carried over 3,000 plates. Most of the plates were by other contemporary publishers, to which van der Aa added his signature broad decorative borders. Many of these views are among the earliest European made views of China."