De l'Isle, Joseph Nicholas, Alexandre Guy Pingré
2,500 - 3,500 GBP
- Description de la ville de Péking, pour servir à l'intelligence du plan de cette ville, grave par les soins de M. de l'Isle. Paris: [J. Th. Herissant], 1765
FIRST EDITION, 4to (253 x 195mm.), woodcut vignette on title and head-piece on p.1, 6 folding engraved plans of Peking (Beijing), nineteenth-century red half morocco, marbled boards, spine ruled and lettered in gilt, light spotting and browning, slight wear at folds of plans
"Blake, Parliament Street", ink inscription; two Chinese red seals to title
Cordier, Sinica 210-211; Löwendahl 537; Lust 187; Western Travellers in China 42
RARE DESCRIPTION OF PEKING (BEIJING), CONTAINING ONE OF THE FIRST EUROPEAN PLANS OF THE CITY. The map was produced at the request of the Jesuit father Patouillet in China by the cartographer and astronomer De L'Isle (1688-1768) with the aid of astronomical observations. De L'Isle had established an astronomical institute in Russia, where he resided for 22 years, and during his time there had corresponded with the Jesuits in China for a number of years gathering information about the country. Patouillet asked De L'Isle to produce a map of Peking based on the information provided.