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Image number: RS.17475
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Their new-year's pastime




Samuel Baron (fl. 1670s-1690s, Dutch), Merchant

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height (page): 424mm
width (page): 545mm


Their New-Year's Pastime, in Illustrations for Samuel Baron's 'A description of the kingdom of Tonqueen', Vol. VI, plate 6.

Samuel Baron copied the image after an original by 'a Tonqueener of eminent Quality' (Baron, 194).

Drawings of the customs and manners of Tonkin [Hanoi], Vietnam, to accompany the written description of Samuel Baron (fl. 1670s-90s) of Fort St George, Madras. Engraved versions of these illustrations were later published as part of A collection of voyages and travels, some now first printed from original manuscripts, ed. by Awsham and John Churchill (London, 1732). Manuscript amendments and inscriptions indicate some pre-publication correction, probably by the printer.

Object history

In 1686, Samuel Baron sent his manuscript 'Description of Tonqueen' from Fort St George, Madras to Robert Hooke and Robert Hoskins. The manuscript was not published until 1732 when it appeared in the sixth volume of the second and subsequent editions of Awnsham and John Churchill, A Collection of Voyages and Travels, 6 vols (London, 1732).

The text has been published as an edition in 2006, as Samuel Baron and Christoforo Borri, Views of Seventeenth-Century Vietnam: Christoforo Borri on Cochinchina and Samuel Baron on Tonkin, ed. by Olga Dror and K. W. Taylor (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2006).

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