A voyage to China and the East Indies, by Peter Osbeck. Together with a voyage to Suratte, by Olof Toreen, chaplain of the Gothic Lion East Indiaman. And an account of the Chinese husbandry, by Captain Charles Gustavus Eckeberg. Translated from the German, by John Reinhold Forster, F.A.S. To which are added, a faunula and flora Sinensis.

  • Osbeck, Pehr
  • London: Printed for Benjamin White 1771
  • Cordier 2098; ESTC T172400.


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FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, 2 vols., 8vo, pp. xx,396 + 13 plates; [ii], 367, [33]. Contemporary calf, spines divided by raised bands between double gilt rules, orange morocco labels. Some light spotting, marginal browning to first and last few leaves. Binding a bit scratched and marked, joints cracking but sound, spine ends worn, labels sometime renewed. Armorial bookplate of Thomas Drake Tyrwhitt to front pastedowns.


The first English-language printing of this important account, initially published in Sweden in 1757 and then in German in 1762, from which version this translation was made. Osbeck (1723-1805) studied with Carl Linnaeus, before travelling to China where he spent four months in the early 1750s, primarily researching plants. To his narrative is joined an epistolary account of India and China by Olaf Toreen, and a work on Chinese husbandry, along with a Linnean catalogue of Chinese animals and plants.

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