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[Amiot, Joseph Marie, and others]

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Description

  • Mémoires concernant l'histoire, les sciences, les arts, les moeurs, les usages, des chinois, par les missionnaires de Pekin. Paris: chez Nyon, 1776-1791
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FIRST EDITION, 15 volumes, 4to (254 x 190mm.), 160 engraved plates, 33 letterpress tables, some folding, contemporary mottled calf, spines in six compartments with raised bands gilt, morocco lettering pieces, red speckled edges

Literature

Cordier, Sinica 54–56; Löwendahl [serials] h;  Lust 96; Western Travellers in China 44

Catalogue Note

A FINE SET of this encyclopaedic compendium of missionaries’ reports “considered at the time the chief source of information in Europe regarding China and its people… Among the monographs, the most interesting are on language and literature, warfare and philosophy, including a complete life of Confucius. In addition, there are studies on natural history, science, architecture and agriculture, translations of Chinese poetry and biographical sketches of famous Chinese. This is undoubtedly the best work that the Jesuits have published on China” (Western Travellers in China).
Two further volumes were published much later, in 1814, under a different imprint.
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