5 April 2016
KIRCHER, Athanasius (1602-1680). Toonneel van China, door veel, zo geestelijke als weereltlijke geheugteekenen, verscheide vertoningen van de natuur en kunst, en blijken van veel andere gedenkwaerdige dingen, geopent en verheerlykt. Translated by Jan Hendrick Glazemaker. Amsterdam; Johann Jansson, 1668.
2° (361 x 235 mm). Engraved additional title-page, large folding oversize plate of characters (torn), 2 double-page engraved maps and 19 (of 21 engraved plates; lacking portrait of Ricci with his lay companion Paul Siu and “Turris Novizonia Sinensium”). (Occasional minor browning and spotting, some marginal dampstaining at end.) Contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt (rebacked preserving original backstrip).
FIRST DUTCH EDITION of Kircher's Athanasii Kircheri e Soc. Jesu China monumentis... (first published in Amsterdam, 1667). “Influential general description of China, with a powerful theological bent, especially concentrating on the Nestorian stele (excavated 1625), with a translation, etc., by Boym. Section of natural history, a brief one on language, with bizarre copies of Chinese script. (Kircher's expertise was in ancient Middle Eastern languages.) Important section of plates” (Lust 37). Kircher's own application to teach in China was rejected. This work was derived mainly from correspondence with fellow Jesuits in China, most notably Adam Schall von Bell and Martino Martini. He also drew from Michael De Boym's Flora Sinensis (1654) and Matteo Ricci's Commentaries (1615).
Cordier Sinica I, 26; De Backer & Sommervogel IV, 1064; Lust 39; Morrison II, 380.
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