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Lot nr:987
Book nr:31624
Author:KIRCHER, Athanase SJ
Title:China monumentis qua sacris qua profanis, nec non variis naturae & artis spectaculis, aliarumque rerum memorabilium argumentis illustrata...
Publisher:Jacob ? Meurs
Description:In-folio, [14]-237-[11] pp. Frontispice, titelvignet, gegraveerd portret van Kircher. 22 gegrav. platen b.t. en 60 gravures i.t., 2 dubbele kaarten. Marg. scheurtje zonder verlies in p. 231. 19de eeuwse band in half bezaan, rug versierd met goud
Note:"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.
This seems to be a pirate edition with an Antwerp address, printed the same year in Amsterdam by Johann Janssonius ? Waesberge. Most probably printed in Amsterdam and not in Antwerp. The address on the engraved title page is: Johannes Ianszonius ? Waesberge and widow of Eliz?e, Weyerstraet
Price:€1600 - €2400
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