Fine original antique print showing a view of the the "Mountain of the Five Horseheads," in coastal China, near the city of "Chau Cheu Fu" (possibly Guangzhou or Chaozhou, both in Guangdong). This view was printed in The Hague by Jakob van der Schley as part of Prevost's Histoire General des Voyages.
The copperplate engraving is finely produced, with nice attention to detail and a number of small sailing vessels shown. On shore, troops appear to be marching and a long stair leads to the top of the mountain.
Jakob van der Schley printed a number of plates for the Histoire General des Voyages following Nieuoff, including this one. Johan Nieuhoff had previously explored a large part of China, India, and Brazil when part of the VOC and his work was an important first-hand account of the Far East.
Jakob van der Schley was a skilled draftsman and engraver who operated out of Amsterdam and had strong ties with the Hague. He was trained by Bernard Picart and his style resembles that of the elder man. Van der Schely was known for intricately engraved portraits and frontispieces. He signed most of the plates used in the Hague edition of the Abbe Prevost's Histoire generale des voyages.