A Compleat History Of The Empire of China: Being the Observations of above Ten Years Travels through that Country: Containing Memoirs and Remarks... Written by the learned Lewis Le Comte, Jesuit .

By: LE COMTE, Lewis (Louis Daniel Lecomte 1655-1728) .

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The Second Edition carefully corrected." A very good full leather binding (probably 19th century). 8vo. 7.75" x 5.0" x 1.5" . [8pp.]/pp.536 + 4 engravings (2 folding) and table (folding). Polished brown calf binding. Edges rubbed and bumped. Spine with 3 raised bands and contrasting leather title and author labels. Top and tail of spine carefully strengthened. Brown staining to grey endpapers. Title-page in red & black. Well illustrated with an engraved frontispiece of Confucius by; "W. H. Toms Sculpt." Fold-out engraving of "The Throne of the Emperour of China..."; Fold-out engraving of: "The Observatory At Peking." (carefully strengthened along hinge) ; a full-page engraving of "Outom-Chu, A Tree in China."; and a fold-out table "A list of the Words that form the Chinese Tongue." Light foxing and small blemishes from age and previous use. Still a well preserved copy of this scarce book. ** "Louis le Comte (1655–1728), also known as Louis-Daniel Lecomte, was a French Jesuit who participated in the 1687 French Jesuit mission to China under Jean de Fontaney. He arrived in China on 7 February 1688. He returned to France in 1691 as Procurator of the Jesuits. His Nouveau mémoire sur l'état présent de la Chine, which was published in Paris in 1696, caused great debate within the Chinese Rites Controversy. Le Compte traveled to China in the late 17th century as one of the “Mathematicians to the King,” a group of French Jesuit astronomers sent to China by Louis XIV to assist the on-going mission in the Far East. Though they won few converts, “the knowledge they gathered of the East was a superb bequest to Europe” (Severin 94). Le Compte’s work, first published in French in 1696, was considered “the best account of China previous to Duhalde’s work, though in many particulars extremely partial to the Chinese” (Allibone, 1330). " - See Wikipedia . William Henry Toms (c. 1700–1765) was an English engraver. Referenced by: ESTC T72767 . Full title reads: "A compleat history of the empire of China : being the observations of above ten years travels through that country ; containing memoirs and remarks, geographical, historical, topographical, physical, natural, astronomical, mechanical, military, mercantile, political, and ecclesiastical, particularly upon their pottery and varnishing silk and other manufactures, pearl-fishing, the history of plants and animals, with a description of their cities and publick works, number of people, manners, language, and customs, coin and commerce, their habits, oeconomy, and government, the philosophy of the famous Confucius / written by the learned Lewis Le Comte, Jesuit, confessor to the Dutchess of Burgundy, and one of the French King's Mathematicians, who was a missioner in China near twenty years ; new translation from the best Paris edition, and adorn'd with copper-plates." .

Title: A Compleat History Of The Empire of China: Being the Observations of above Ten Years Travels through that Country: Containing Memoirs and Remarks... Written by the learned Lewis Le Comte, Jesuit .

Author Name: LE COMTE, Lewis (Louis Daniel Lecomte 1655-1728) .

Categories: 18TH CENTURY,

Publisher: London : printed for James Hodges, at the Looking Glass, on London-Bridge, MDCCXXXIX. [1739]. 0:

ISBN Number: 0

Seller ID: 43644

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