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[ALEXANDRE, NOÈL]: - Apologie des dominicains missionnaires de la Chine. Ou réponse au livre du Père Le Tellier jésuite. Intitulé, Défense des nouveaux chrétiens; et à l'éclaircissement du P. Le Gobien de la même Compagnie, sur les honneurs que les chinois rendent à Confucius & aux morts. Cologne, chez les héritiers de Corneille-d'Egmond, 1699.

12mo. Pp. 503, table (7) + appendix (Latin text) 196, (6). Contemporary calf, spine with five raised bands decorated in gilt and with a red title label, bevelled gilt edges, rubbed, hinges weak, tail of spine with some small holes. Rare first edition, and an Italian edition was published in the same year. The appendix has a separate title: "Documenta controversiam missionariorum apostolicorum imperii sinici de cultu praesertim Confucii philosophi & progenitorum defunctorum spectantia, ac apologiam dominicanorum missionis sinicae ministrorum adversus libros R.R. Patrum Le Tellier & Le Gobien Societatis Jesu confirmantia". The Chinese Rites Controversy was an argument between Roman Catholic missionaries about whether the the religiosity of Confucianism and Chinese rituals during the 17th and 18th centuries. The Dominicians and Augustinians contrary to the Jesuits refused any adaptation to local customs and were horrified by the practices of the Jesuits. Noël Alexandre (1639-1724) was a French Dominician and a renowned professor of theology at Sorbonne. Cordier BS 876-77. De Backer & Sommervogel iii, 1513. Lach & Van Kley (1993:1) p. 386. Löwendahl 228. Lust 854. Walravens (18987), 126 & 127.
EUR 2000.00 [Appr.: US$ 2327.63 | £UK 1756.5 | JP¥ 254821] Book number 120156

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