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KLAPROTH, HEINRICH JULIUS VON: - Chrestomathie mandchou, ou recueil de textes mandchou destiné aux personnes qui veulent s'occuper de l'étude de cette langue. Paris, à l'imprimerie Royale, 1828.

. Pp. xii, 24, (2), 25-100, (2), 101-273, errata (1). Text in Manchu and French. Contemporary half calf on marbled boards, flat spine gilt with title label. First edition. Klaproth (1783-1835) was a German orientalist and traveller who devoted his life to the study of Asian languages. He invented a new method of classifying different languages and dialects. This work consists of Manchu translations of various famous Chinese texts including the popular Taoist tract from the 12th century Tai Shang Ying Pian which is attributed to the Confucian scholar Lao Tse. Followed by "Éloge de la ville de Moukden" by the emperor Ch'ien Lung which he wrote after his visit to Mukden (Shenyang) in 1743 to honour the tomb of his ancestors. Included is the "Peace Treaty between China and Russia" ratified in 1728, and a chapter about the Mongol empire. Manchu, one of the official languages of the Qing dynasty (1636-1911), is an endangered Tungusic language (Tungus) spoken in Northeast China. Cordier BS 2755. Lust 1074. Zenker BO ii, 6926.
EUR 2200.00 [Appr.: US$ 2659.12 | £UK 1900.75 | JP¥ 283269] Book number 100745

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