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[MAILLARD DE TOURNON, CARLO TOMMASO]: - Relazione della preziosa morte dell'eminentiss. e reverendiss. Carlo Tomaso Maillard di Tournon. Commissario, e Visitatore Apostolico Generale, con le facoltà di Legato a latere nell'Impero della Cina, e Regni dell'Indie Orientali, seguita nella Città di Macao l“ 8. del mese di giugno dell'anno 1710. E di ciae, che gli avenne negli ultimi cinque mesi della sua vita. Roma, per Francesco Gonzaga, 1711.

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Small 4to. Pp. 70 and one folding engraved portrait. Contemporary vellum, "relazione" in ms on spine. First edition of a biographical study comprising three works of cardinal Maillard de Tournon who was the first papal legate sent to the Imperial court of China, on behalf of the Pope Clement XI. He was born in Turin in 1668 of a noble family of Savoy. Tournon and his party sailed by way of Pondichery, Manila and Canton, arriving at Beijing in December 1705. At first Emperor Kangxi received him kindly, but upon realizing that he had come to abolish the Chinese rites among the native Christians he had Tournon imprisoned at Macau where he later on died, shortly after being informed that he had been created cardinal on August 1, 1707. Maillard de Tournon's mission is considered one of the crucial turning points in the modern history of the Chinese church. The two additional works are: "Verba per ... Clementem Papam XI. Habita in consistorio secreto fer. IV.14. Octobris 1711 (pp. 39-47); and Carlo Majelli's "Oratio habita in sacello pontifico V. Kal. Decembris A.D. M.DCC.XI" (pp. 48-70). Cordier BS 913-14. Backer & Sommervogel xi, 1285-6, no. 206 (who calls for 38 pages only = the first part).
EUR 2500.00 [Appr.: US$ 2906.72 | £UK 2191 | JP¥ 319631] Book number 100764

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