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Rare early map of the route of the ambassadors of the Dutch East India Company on their visit to the Emperor China, oriented with west at the top, which appeared in Thevenot's Relations de divers voyages curieux : qui n'ont point este' publie'es, et qu'on a traduit ou tire? des originaux des voyageurs fran-c?ois, espagnols, allemands, portugais, anglois, hollandois, persans, arabes & autres orientau, published in Paris.

The map shows the Dutch route ambassador's via various river passages and one overland trek to travel from Guangzhou (Canton) in the south, to Beijing (Peking) in the north.

Melchicsedec Thevenot began publishing a series of voyage accounts in French drawn from various printed an manuscript sources, beginning in 1663 and continuing until 1696.

Thevenot's map appears in his French translation of Peter de Goyer and Jacob de Keyzer's embassy to visit the Emperor of China, on behalf of the Dutch East India Company in1665, which included a journal of the route taken from Guangzhou to Beijing.

Thevenot informs us that this translation is conformable to two Dutch copies, of which he had the manuscripts, one of them signed Niehoff, and that he has neither changed nor added anything from other authors. He judged it wrong to have mixed the description of the provinces with Nieuhoff's remarks, since it appeared from his own confession, that the Dutch never stirred out of their lodgings either at Kanton or Pe-king.