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Lot nr:1001
Book nr:31328
Author:RICCI, Matteo, S.J. - TRIGAULT, Nicolas, S.J.
Title:De Christiana expeditione apud Sinas suscepta ab Societate Jesu
Town:Cologne
Publisher:Bernard Walter
Year:1617
Description:8vo, [18], 712, [21] pp, engraved title page, old library stamps on end leaf. Folding engraved plan between pp. 704/705. Contemp. binding in ivory vellum with gilt supra libros, arms of Paul Carl Welser von Neunhof (1722-1788)
Note:Third edition of the 1615 work on the Jesuit mission to China, translated and enlarged by Trigault from Ricci's manuscript journal. Ref. Lust, Western books on China n837; Cordier, Sinica, 809.
"The appearance of Trigault's book in 1615 took Europe by surprise. It reopened the door to China, which was first opened by Marco Polo, three centuries before (...), opened a new era of Chinese-European relations and gave us one of the greatest, if not the greatest, missionary document in the world (...). It probably had more effect on the literary and scientific, the philosophical and the religious phases of life in Europe than any other historical volume of the seventeenth century. It introduced Confucius to Europe and Copernicus and Euclid to China. It opened a new world" (Louis J. Gallagher, preface of 'China in the Sixteenth Century : The Journal of Matthew Ricci', New-York, 1953).
Price:€1800 - €2400
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