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    Ex Libris Jean R. Perrette: Important Travel, Exploration & Cartography

    5 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 179

    GONZALÉZ DE MENDOZA, Juan (1545-1618). Histoire du grand royaume de la Chine, situé aux Indes orientales: contenant la situation, antiquité, fertilité, religion ... dudit royaume: plus, trois voyages faits vers iceluy en l'an 1577, 1579, & 1581 ... ensemble un itineraire du nouveau monde, & le descouvrement du nouveau Mexique en l'an 1583. Translated by Luc de La Porte. [Geneva]: Jean Arnaud, 1606.

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    GONZALÉZ DE MENDOZA, Juan (1545-1618). Histoire du grand royaume de la Chine, situé aux Indes orientales: contenant la situation, antiquité, fertilité, religion ... dudit royaume: plus, trois voyages faits vers iceluy en l'an 1577, 1579, & 1581 ... ensemble un itineraire du nouveau monde, & le descouvrement du nouveau Mexique en l'an 1583. Translated by Luc de La Porte. [Geneva]: Jean Arnaud, 1606.

    8° (159 x 96 mm). (Some browning and staining.) Contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt (worn at edges). Provenance: some early inscriptions on flyleaves.

    Fourth edition in French of Historia de las cosas mas notables y costumbres del gran reyno de la China (first published in Spanish in Rome, 1585), the first serious survey of China. “This work is mainly a compilation from the narratives of Gaspar de Cruz, Martin de Rada (Herrada), and Pedro de Alforo, missionaries, to which is added the Itinerary of Father Martin Ignaxio” (Cox I, p. 322, quoting Library of Congress). The sixth book contains the Itineraire du Nouvveau Monde by Ignacio de Loyola (d. 1606). According to Ortelius, the final part concerning China, provided him with more information than any other single treatise.

    Brunet, II, 1662; Cordier Sinica I, 13; JCB (1919) II, p. 39; Palau 105510; Sabin 27780.


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