Journal of the Embassy from their Majesties John and Peter Alexievitz, Emperors of Muscovy, etc. Over Land into China,

BRAND Adam.; IDES Eberhard Ysbrand (1698.)

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Through the Provinces of Ustiugha, Siberia, Dauri, and the Great Tartary, to Peking, the Capital City of the Chinese Empire... Translated from the Original in High-Dutch, Printed at Hamburgh, 1698. First edition. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Czar Peter the Great and two engraved plates. 12mo. Contemporary calf, slightly worn, but very good inside. Engraved ex-libris from the Macclesfield library. Title, 134pp. London, D. Brown & T. Goodwin,

Ides (1657-1709), was a German of Dutch origin, a traveler and negotiator who served Tsar Peter I of Russia from 1691 to 1695, when he was sent to Peking to pay homage to the Kangxi Emperor. The meeting alleviated some of the tension between the two countries and helped to establish a fur trade. In this narrative he describes the sights and experiences of his long journey through Siberia to Peking. He was accompanied by Adam Brand (?-1746) who was a merchant and accompanied Ides as secretary and who is the author of the present work. The present English translation is based on an account published in Hamburg (Beschreibung der Chinesischen Reise... B. Schillern) in the same year. It is a tribute to the speed with which information passed between countries. Both are exceedingly rare. A fuller illustrated account of the embassy by Ides Ysbrand ('Three years travels from Moscow over-land to China') was published in London in 1706. The book also includes "Some Curious Observations concerning Products of Russia, which may serve as a supplement to the Preceeding Treatise. Written originally in Latin by Henry William Ludolf". 

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