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Lot nr:944
Book nr:34768
Author:KIRCHER, Athanase SJ
Title:China monumentis qua sacris qua profanis, nec non variis naturae & artis spectaculis, aliarumque rerum memorabilium argumentis illustrata...
Town:Amstelodami
Publisher:Jacobus à Meurs
Year:1667
Description:In-folio, [16]-237-[11] pp. Frontispiece, title vignette, engraved portrait of Kircher. 22 engrav. plates and 60 text engravings, 2 double maps. Some foxing, corner repaired of p. 79, a few small tears (repaired). Library stamp on verso of front. and title page. Provenance: Klotschkoff, Libraire à St. Pétersbourg. Beautiful calf binding, with gilt supra libros, spine richly gilt, mottled edges, skillful rest. and ends of spine
Note:A counterfeit edition, printed in the same year as the first edition by Johannes Janssonius. "One of the first and most important comprehensive Western accounts of China. The lovely plates in this book illustrate a great variety of subjects in China and Asia: costume, geography, religion, natural history and language. This was one of the most popular of the renowned Jesuit Athanasius Kircher's works. Beyond the rich plates and scholarly text, the attention to language makes this quite an impressive specimen of typography. " Cf. Cordier, Sinica 26; Lust, Western books on China, n°37.
Provenance: arms of Von Hundt family, Silesië (cfr. Rietstap, D. 1, p. 1008 ; Siebmacher, D. 1, p. 50).
Price:€1600 - €2400
Sellingprice:€2800
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