5 April 2016
PALAFOX Y MENDOZA, Juan de (1600-1659). Histoire de la conqueste de la Chine par les Tartares, contenant plusieurs choses remarquables, touchant la religion, les moeurs, & les coûtumes de ces deux nations, & principalement de la derniere. Translated by le Sieur Collé. Paris: Antoine Bertier, 1670 (colophon: Paris, de l'Imprimerie de Barthelemy Vitré, 1669).
8° (160 x 106 mm). Engraved frontispiece. (Some minor pale dampstaining, mostly marginal.) Contemporary vellum over flexible boards.
FIRST FRENCH EDITION of Mendoza’s Historia de la conquista de la China por el Tartaro , an account of the fall of the Ming and rise of the Manchu dynasty, with descriptions of Manchu customs and hope expressed for progress by Christian missions. Also deals extensively with the role of the Japanese, the confrontations with the Portuguese and Dutch colonists, the war with the King of Corea and how Corea was made tributary to the Tartars. Corea is qualified as a proud and warlike nation.
BM/STC, French, p. 109; Cordier Sinica I, 627; Lust 447.
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