London, South Kensington
18 November 2003
KIRCHER, Athanasius (1602-1680). La Chine Illustrée de plusieurs monuments tant sacrés que profanes ..., Amsterdam: Jean Fansson à Waesberge & les Heritiers d'Elizée Weyerstraet, 1670. 2° (377 x 230mm). Engraved title and 22 engraved plates and maps, 2 additional folding plates from a later edition adhered to front and rear pastedowns. (Lacking portrait frontispiece, some browning, spotting and dampstaining mainly to text leaves, second map with frayed lower margin). Contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt (covers onlaid with modern calf rectangular panels, short tear to upper joint, lightly rubbed).
FIRST FRENCH EDITION. "Influential general description of China, with a powerful theological bent ... the French edition added a Chinese-French vocabulary, of a very colloquial Chinese, and therefore a pioneer work of its kind" (Lust 37-38). Brunet III, 666-7.
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