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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. NoŽl 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. LŲwendahl 228. Lust 854. Walravens (18987), 126 & 127.
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 [CHANG, THE GIANT (CHANG WOO GOW)].,  [Carte de visite photo of the Chinese Giant in Bournemouth] ca 1875.
[CHANG, THE GIANT (CHANG WOO GOW)].
[Carte de visite photo of the Chinese Giant in Bournemouth] ca 1875.
Original photograph of Chang, the Giant. Size: 6,4 x 10,8 cm. He is dressed in a Chinese traditional costume, most likely his performace outfit. Chang Woo Gow was born in Fuzhou (Canton) in the 1840's. He was well educated and travelled around the world performing as "Chang the Chinese Giant". His height was claimed to be over 2,4 meter!. In 1878 he retired from stage and settled in Bournemouth, where he operated a Chinese teahouse and a curio store.
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Book number: 100762
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 [CHINA - WOOD PANEL WITH ANCIENT COINS AND CHARMS]., China, probably end of 18th century.
[CHINA - WOOD PANEL WITH ANCIENT COINS AND CHARMS].
China, probably end of 18th century.
Wooden panel (59 x 35 cm) with 25 bronze casts of ancient Chinese coins and amulets inserted. A solid piece of wood with small scratches and minor wear, parts of old Chinese label on reverse. Mounted in a later wooden frame. The collection shows examples of old coins and charms in the shape of spades, knives, rings, and two large symbolic figures: a horse and two birds in a tree. China was one of the first countries to use metal coinage and its ancient coin history can be traced back more than two thousand years. The Chinese also produced "coin-like" charms and talismans which were used to suppress evil spirits and to bring "good luck" or "good fortune". During the Zhou Dynasty (1046-256 BC) some of the first forms of money were cast in the shapes of tools, for example as spades, shovels or knives. Thereafter the "round money" appeared and during the Han Dynasty a round shaped coin named "wu zhu" was introduced. It was minted for more than 700 years from 118 BC to 618 AD. This panel contains nine spade-shaped coins or charms which we believe are the earliest examples in the collection. Two pieces have the knife shape. Three large examples of "open charms" are included with illustrations of a dragon, the zodiac and the eight trigrams. In addition there are seven pieces of different kinds of round coins or charms and two pendant charms, all decorated with different characters and symbols. We believe that the panel dates from the latter part of the 18th century and sits firmly in the context of the Emperor Qianlong’s unequalled obsession with Chinese history, art and literature. Reigning from 1735 to 1796, he created and conserved unparalleled collections of all ages and aspects of Chinese culture while honouring Manchu and Confucian traditions. This panel, with a patina consistent with its (likely) date, was probably used as a teaching aid, and reflects the Emperor’s interest in promoting and preserving the glories and utility of the Chinese past. A most unusual and impressive work.
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[CHINESE ART EXHIBITION IN LONDON].
The Chinese Exhibition. A Commemorative Catalogue of the International Exhibition of Chinese Art, Royal Academy of Arts, November 1935 - March 1936. London, Faber and Faber Ltd., 1935.
4to. Pp. xxviii, 160 + 160 pages with about 335 photos of objects and 22 photos of marks and signatures + lvs. 81 with captions to the illustrations, and one coloured frontispiece. Publisher's red cloth, lettered in gilt, u. e. g. Copy of Carl Kempe (1884-1967), a Swedish industralist and famous colllector of ceramics. An impressive catalogue of the important Chinese Art Exhibition in London 1935-36. It was the first time in history that such a large quantity of Chinese art objects had been on loan to a foreign country. According to Western scholars this exhibition "Inaugurated the modern era of Chinese art historical studies in Europe" (Elliot & Shambaugh 2005, 83f). Yuan 268.
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[MONTMIGNON, JEAN BAPTISTE ABBÉ]:
Choix des lettres édifiantes, écrites des missions étrangères, précédé de tableaux géographiques, historiques, politiques, religieux et littéraires, des pays de mission. Seconde édition. 8 volumes. Paris, Grimbert, 1824-1826.
Pp. (iv), cxx, 380; (iv), iv, 543; viii, 575; (iv), xx, 486; (iv), iv, 516; (iv), 475; (iv), 460; (iv), 494. Contemporary marbled calf, flat spines richly decorated in gilt and with red title labels. Marbled edges with matching endpapers. Armorial Bookplates. Binding somewhat rubbed, top of spine to volume four with wear and slightly chipped, otherwise a very attractive set. Comprises: Vols. i-iii. Missions de la Chine; iv. Missions de l'Inde; v-vi. Missions du Levant; vii-viii. Missions de l'Amerique. First edition was published in 1808-09.
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[CHINA].
[A collection of essays, inquiries and answers regarding the term question of God in Chinese compiled by an American missionary]. BOONE, WILLIAM. J.: An Essay, on the Proper Rendering of the Words Elohim and ... [Theos in Greek letters] into the Chinese language. Canton, the office of the Chinese Repository, 1848.
Pp. vi, blank leaf, pp. 69. Some annotations and minor staining. Cordier BS 1281-82. BOUND TOGETHER WITH:[MEDHURST, WALTER HENRY]: An Inquiry into the Proper mode of Rendering the word God in translating the Sacred Scriptures into the Chinese language. Shanghai, Mission Press, 1848. Pp. (ii), 170. Some annotations in margin. Small wormhole affecting last few leaves (no loss). Cordier BS 1282. LŲwendahl 1772. AND: [MEDHURST, W.H. / STRONACH, JOHN / MILNE, W.C. / LOCKHART, W. / MUIRHEAD, W. / EDKINS, J.]: [Head title]: To the Protestant Missionaries labouring at Hongkong, and the Five Ports of China. [ Shanghai 1850]. Pp. 22. No title page. Cordier BS 1283. AND: MEDHURST, W.H.: On the true meaning of the word Shin, as exhibited in the quotations adduced under that word, in the Chinese imperial Thesaurus, called the Pei-wan-yun-foo. Shanghae, the Mission Press, 1849. Title page (= front cover) missing. Pp. 88. Some staining at the beginning. Some marginal tears. Cordier BS 1283. AND: MEDHURST, W.H.: An Inquiry into the Proper mode of translating Ruach & Pneuma, in the Chinese version of the Scriptures. [Shanghai 1849]. No title page. Pp. 75. Cordier BS 1284. AND: MEDHURST, W.H.: Reply to the Bishop of Victoria's ten reasons in favour of T'een-shin. No place or date. One folio sheet. Text in three columns. An article- Cordier BS 1286. AND: LEGGE, JAMES: An Argument for ... (Shang Te) as the proper rendering of the words Elohim and Theos, in the Chinese, with Strictures on the Essay of Bishop Boone in favour of the term ... (Shin), etc, etc. Hongkong, at the Hongkong Register Office, 1850. Pp. (v), 43. Holes running through the last 20 pages, at the end rather big with some loss. Legge is refering to the first work above by Boone. Cordier BS 1284. See comments at LŲwendahl 1131. The collection is disbound. Paper is very brittle. Housed in a specially made cloth box. Copy of Michael Simpson Culbertson (1819-62), American born missionary stationed in Ningpo from 1845 to 1851 and in Shanghai from 1851 to 1862 when he died of cholera.
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[CHINA]. [J.R. SUPERCARGO]:
Dag-bok öfver en resa till fots, åren 1819 och 1820, från Manchao, på ön Hainan, till Canton. Öfversättning. Stockholm, Fr. B. Nestius, 1828.
Pp. 203. Uncut copy in contemporary wrappers. Minor marginal stain to first few leaves. A Swedish translation from the English "Diary of a journey overland through the Maritime provinces of China from Manchao, on the south coast of Hainan, to Canton" (London 1822). The author was Supercargo of the English ship "Friendship" which was shipwrecked on the island Hainan situated on China's Southeastern coast. The crew were saved and continued by foot along the shores to Canton. Includes an appendix with Milne's account on bookprinting in China. Cf Lust 227. Cf Cordier BS 308.
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 [TRADE CATALOGUE WALL PAPER]., Décors. Paris, Draeger, 1931.
[TRADE CATALOGUE WALL PAPER].
Décors. Paris, Draeger, 1931.
Oblong 4to. (27 x 21.5 cm). Pp. (6) with "composition des planches" and pricelist. With 27 coloured interior plates, some highlighted with silver or gold (numbered 155-181). Publisher's spiral-bound black paper wrappers with gold design on front cover. A striking catalogue promoting the latest wallpaper designs with vivid and flamboyant interiors. Produced by Draeger graphic studio in Paris possibly for Studio Pomone or department store Le Printemps. Faint foxing to first and last leaves and one plate with traces of fold but overall a very good copy.
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 [YU ZHI GENG ZHI TU]., La fabrication de la soie illustrée. Shanghai, Tien-shih-chai photolithographic works, Guangxu 5 (1879).
[YU ZHI GENG ZHI TU].
La fabrication de la soie illustrée. Shanghai, Tien-shih-chai photolithographic works, Guangxu 5 (1879).
Tall 8vo. Size: 17 x 27.7 cm. 49 double-folded leaves, in the oriental fashion, resewn. Comprising Chinese title and preface, French title and content followed by 23 double page lithographed illustrations with poems in Chinese accompanied with descriptions in English and French. Original purple silk wrappers decorated in gilt. Gengzhi tu (Pictures of Tilling and Weaving) was originally compiled by Lou Shou in the twelfth century comprising illustrations of rice cultivation and silk manufacturing. It became very popular during the Qing period and a famous version of Gengzhi tu was sponsored by the emperor Kangxi in 1696. Agriculture and silk production held a special place in China and both occupations were regarded as paramount for the well-being of the state. The part about silk manufacturing is here reproduced with lithographed wood cut illustrations. The charming images show the sericulture beginning with washing the eggs, followed by feeding, gathering leaves, selecting cocoons, soaking and unravelling, spinning the woof thread, preparing the warp, weaving, dyeing, making garments, etc.
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Book number: 120506
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 [HAAN, PIETER DE]:, Gedachten over den Chinahandel en den Theehandel, strekkende ten Betoge, dat alle belangen zich vereenigen tot de oprigting van eene Sociëteit, op Vereenigd Kapitaal handelende, aan welke bij uitsluiting die takken van commercie overgedragen worden. Te Rotterdam, bij Arbon en Krap [printed by Giunta d'Albani], 1824.
[HAAN, PIETER DE]:
Gedachten over den Chinahandel en den Theehandel, strekkende ten Betoge, dat alle belangen zich vereenigen tot de oprigting van eene Sociëteit, op Vereenigd Kapitaal handelende, aan welke bij uitsluiting die takken van commercie overgedragen worden. Te Rotterdam, bij Arbon en Krap [printed by Giunta d'Albani], 1824.
Pp. (ii), 95, (1). Printed on good quality paper. Contemporary crimson morocco, boards with decorative border in gilt, marbled endpapers, g.e., with minor wear. First and only edition. Contains proposals for a revival of the Dutch tea trade with China. The Dutch had lost the valuable tea imports from China to the British East India Company in the 18th century and the VOC was dissolved in 1798. Boxer (1965), p. 177. Cordier BS 2177. LŲwendahl 1706.
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 [EIDOUS, MARC-ANTOINE (TRANSLATOR)]:, Hau Kiou Choaan, histoire chinoise, traduite de l'anglois. Four volumes in two. Lyon, Benoit Duplain, 1766.
[EIDOUS, MARC-ANTOINE (TRANSLATOR)]:
Hau Kiou Choaan, histoire chinoise, traduite de l'anglois. Four volumes in two. Lyon, Benoit Duplain, 1766.
12mo. Pp. (iv), xxxii, 224; (iv), 263; (iv), 263; (iv), 243, (4). With four engraved frontispieces. Contemporary emerald coloured boards, title labels on spines (slightly chipped), red edges, hinges cracked, worn, even so it's a charming copy. First French edition of "The Pleasing History" translated from the English by James Wilkinson and Thomas Percy. Barbier ii, p. 608. Cordier BS 1755. LŲwendahl 541. Lust 1108.
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Book number: 99719
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[CIBOT, PIERRE-MARTIAL]:
Lettre de Pekin, sur le génie de la langue chinoise et la nature de leur écriture symbolique comparée avec celle des anciens égyptiens ... On y a joint l'extrait de deux ouvrages nouveau de Mr. de Guignes relatifs aux mêmes matières. Bruxelles, J.L. de Boubers, 1773.
Small 4to. Pp. xxxviii, 46, (i), (6). Complete with 29 engravings (numbered I, II and XX-XLV). Contemporary half calf on marbled paper boards, worn. Library markings on front paste down. First edition of Cibot's letter dealing with Needham's Hypothesies on the resemblance of Chinese characters to Egyptian hieroglyphics. The preface is written by John Tuberville Needham which was previously published in the Philosophical Transactions. The first section includes an "Extrait du Journal des savans, sur Le Chou-King", published by J. de Guignes in 1770. The engraved plates depict ancient Egyptian and Chinese characters and symbols, and a few of ancient objects. Cordier BS 1735-6. De Backer-Sommervogel II, col. 1168. LŲwendahl 568. Morrison II, 46.
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Book number: 120497
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[ORIENTAL TALES].
Oriental Fairy Tales, or Fancy's Wanderings in the East. London 1854.
Pp. (iv), 338. With 32 illustrations (8 full page) by William Harvey, engraved by the brothers Dalziel. Publisher's blindstamped cloth cloth, spine decorated in gilt, faded and with some wear.
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 [PORTRAIT ENGRAVING], Portrait of "Le Grand Roy Tartare de la Chine [...]". Paris, chez F[rançois - Gérard] Jollain l'ainé [...] a la ville de Cologne avec p[rivilege] du roy, [ca 1690].
[PORTRAIT ENGRAVING]
Portrait of "Le Grand Roy Tartare de la Chine [...]". Paris, chez F[rançois - Gérard] Jollain l'ainé [...] a la ville de Cologne avec p[rivilege] du roy, [ca 1690].
Engraved full-length portrait. Engraved surface: 33.7 x 23 cm.
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[PORTRAIT ENGRAVING].
Portrait of "Kam Hi fils de Chien chi empereur des Tartares orientaux [...]". Paris, chez [Nicolas] Langlois [...], ca 1690.
Engraved full-length portrait. Engraved surface size: 36.5 x 23.7 cm.
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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 lď 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.
[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 lď 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.
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).
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 [JESUIT RELATIONS / LE GOBIEN, CHARLES].,  The Travels of Several Learned Missioners of the Society of Jesus, into Divers Parts of the Archipelago, India, China, and America. Containing a General Description of the Most Remarkable Towns; with a Particular Account of the Customs, Manners, and Religion of Those Several Nations, ... London, Printed for R. Gosling, 1714.
[JESUIT RELATIONS / LE GOBIEN, CHARLES].
The Travels of Several Learned Missioners of the Society of Jesus, into Divers Parts of the Archipelago, India, China, and America. Containing a General Description of the Most Remarkable Towns; with a Particular Account of the Customs, Manners, and Religion of Those Several Nations, ... London, Printed for R. Gosling, 1714.
Pp. (xiv), 336, index (12), adv. (4). With two folding engraved plates. Modern half calf on marbled boards, spine with five raised bands, gilt and with title label. Partly with marginal waterstaining. Foredge chipped and soiled at beginning and end. Some small wormholes, mainly in margin. The first English translation of the Jesuit letters. Comprises 22 letters selected from Father Le Gobien's "Lettres …difiantes et Curieuses" (volumes 9 & 10, Paris 1711-13). The first ten letters deal with various parts of India, seven letters are devoted to China, two to Canada, one to South America, one to the Philippines, Japan and the Nicobar islands and finally one to Greece. The two plates belong to the letters on China; one of the Ginseng plant and the other of a Chinese inscription (on a plate given to the Jesuits at Peking in 1711). Sabin 40707. De Backer-S. III, 1514.
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[THOM, ROBERT]:
... Yishi Yuyan. Esop's Fables Written in Chinese by the Learned Mun Mooy Seen-Shang, and Compiled in their Present Form (With a free and literal translation) by His Pupil Sloth. Macao, Canton Press Office, 1840.
Folio. Pp. (ix), xxi, (iv), 104. With one lithographed plate of Chinese characters. Text in English, Chinese and romanizations in the Nanking and Cantonese dialects. Early 20th century cloth with original wrappers bound in. Small marginal repair to title (no loss). Rare first edition of Thom's translation of the Aesop's Fables into Chinese. It comprises 81 fables preceded by a long preface and an introduction about the written character of the Chinese. The short stories are printed in Chinese characters (wood block) accompanied by the pronounciation in Nanking (Roman letters) and Canton (italics) dialects respectively. Both according to Dr. Morrison's orthography. In another column a free English translation is given and beneath an English sense of the Chinese character. Robert Thom came to China in 1834 and worked for some years with Jardine Matheson at Canton. He was the official linguist during the First Opium war and participated as translator in the Treaty negotiations at Nanking. In 1843 he was appointed British consul at Ningbo. He dedicates this work to William Jardine, James Matheson and Henry Wright "by whose bounty the entire expense of his Chinese education was defrayed". According to the preface this translation of the fables were selected from various sources such as Phedrus, Avanius, Barlandus etc. Thom dictated the fables, in Manchu Chinese, to his native teacher Mum Mooy Seen-Shang who wrote them down in a simple style called "tsč-luh", the lowest and easiest form of Chinese composition. The first specimen of the stories was published in 1837-8 and was well received by the Chinese. However "They had their run of the Public Courts and Offices - until the Mandarins - taking offence at seeing some of their evil customs so freely canvassed - ordered the work to be suppressed. ... The application was once perceived - and the justice of the remark admitted immediately" (Preface). The western tradition of using fables in education and preaching indirectly paved the way for their transmission to China. In the 17th century the Jesuits adapted and used the Aesop's fables in their Chinese sermonic works. The fables came to influence and challenge the traditional Chinese way of writing fictious stories that had always been based on true historical events. The Chinese translations of the Aesop's fables in the 19th century had elements of Chinese literature traditions mixed in the fables. (See Diss.: Wu, Pei-Lin "Aesop's fables in China, the transmission and transformation of the genre"). Cordier BS 1683. Lust 1065. See: Asiatic Journal and Monthly Register for British and Foreign India, China and Australasia. Vol. XXXVI - new series. Sept. - Dec. 1841. pp. 182-3.
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ABEL-RÉMUSAT, JEAN-PIERRE (ED.):
Contes chinois, traduits par mm. Davis, Thoms, le P.'Entracolles, etc. Three volumes. Paris, Moutardier, 1827.
12mo. Pp. xii, 240; 225; 200, (4). With three fronts. Contemporary marbled boards, flat calf spines decorated in gilt and with title labels. Small repair to volume three's spine. First edition of a collection of Chinese novels translated into French. Abel-Remusat was a medical student who became enchanted by China and taught himself the fundaments of Chinese by using Fourmont's work, and became the protťgť of Silvestre de Sacy. In 1814 he was appointed the first professor of Chinese in Europe, at the College de France, which he held until his death. Cordier BS 1761.
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ABEL - RÉMUSAT, JEAN-PIERRE / ROSNY, LÉON DE
... Élémens de la grammaire chinoise, ou principes généraux du Kou-Wen ou style antique, et du Kouan-Hoa, c'est-à-dire, de la langue commune généralement usitée dans l'empire chinois. Nouvelle édition, ... augmentée d'une table des principales phonétiques chinoises par L. León de Rosny. Paris, Maisonette et Cie, 1857.
Tall 8vo. Pp. xxii, 240. Includes the Chinese title printed on yellow paper. With 2 folding lithographed plates. Half morocco on marbled boards, spine with five raised bands and title lettered in gilt. Bookplate. Second edition (first 1822) enlarged with a table "des principales phonťtiques chinoises" devised by Leon de Rosny. Abel Rťmusat's grammar was the first usable Chinese grammar printed in Europe. Unlike previous grammars he did not try to impose any of the common categories of Indo-European languages on the Chinese languages he described. Abel-Rťmusat distinguishes carefully between classical or literary Chinese and the vernacular. The two languages are treated in two different sections; "Style antique" respectively "Style moderne". However the last section with analyses of the vernacular is more elaborated and valuable than the classical part. Alain Peyraube: "Some reflections on the sources of the Mashi Wentong" pp. 345-46. Cordier BS 1662.
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ABEL-RÉMUSAT, JEAN-PIERRE (TRANS.) & KLAPROTH, HEINRICH JULIUS & CLERC DE LANDRESSE, ERNEST AUGUSTIN XAVIER (EDS.):
[...] Foé Koué Ki ou relation des royaumes bouddhiques: Voyage dans la Tartarie, dans l'Afghanistan et dans l'Inde, exécuté, a la fin du IVe siècle, par Ch Fâ Hian. Paris, L'Imprimerie Royale, 1836.
Large 4to. Pp. (iv), lxvi, (2), 424. With four folding engraved maps and one engraved plate. Uncut and unopened copy in original printed wrappers. Wrappers stained, spine chipped and partly restored. First few leaves with light waterstain at upper margin otherwise a very good copy. First edition of the first western translation of the Chinese Buddhist monk Faxian's (Fa-hien) travels to India at the beginning of the fifth century. He travelled on foot from China through various parts of Central Asia, down to India, and returned by boat via Java. During the journey he studied and copied Buddhist scriptures which he later translated and expanded. This work is mainly interesting in the reconstruction of primitive Buddhism. Faxian describes the various Buddhist countries he visited and their religious practices. Further it helps to reconstruct the history and geography of Central Asia and India before the arrival of Islam. This is considered Abel-Rťmusat's most important work. It was posthumously published, revised and supplemented by Klaproth, and finally completed by Landresse after Klaproth's death. Cordier BS 2649-50. LŲwendahl 913. Lust 782. Zenker ii, 6793.
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 ABEL-RÉMUSAT, JEAN PIERRE:, Mélanges posthumes d'histoire et de litérature orientales. Paris 1843.
ABEL-RÉMUSAT, JEAN PIERRE:
Mélanges posthumes d'histoire et de litérature orientales. Paris 1843.
Pp. (iv), iv, 469, table (1). Contemporary marbled paper covered boards, calf spine decorated in gilt, lightly rubbed. First edition, posthumously published. It's a continuation of Remusat's "Mťlanges asiatique" (1825-29). Edited by Fťlix Lajard. Abťl-Remusat (1788-1832) was the renowned French orientalist who wrote extensivley about Chinese history, literature and language. Cordier BS 68. Lust 101.
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ABEL-RÉMUSAT, JEAN-PIERRE:
Nouveaux mélanges asiatiques, ou recueil de morceaux de critique et de mémoires relatifs aux religions, aux sciences, aux coutumes, à l'histoire et à la géographie des nations orientales. Two volumes. Paris, Schubart et Heideloff & librairie orientale de Dondey-Dupré père & fils, 1829.
Pp. (iv), iv, 446; (iv), 428. With one folding map of "Iles Bo-nin" (the Ogasawara group). As issued, entirely uncut in original wrappers. Wrappers to volume one with some wear, chipped along edges. Comprises interesting and valuable essays and articles treating various subject related to the Far East, preceded by "Mťlanges asiatiques" (1825-26). The first volume treats China and its inhabitants and literature, followed by chapters about Cambodia; the Japanese islands; the people of Tibet and Bukhara; a collection of Japanese accounts prepared by Titsingh; the British commerce in Canton (Staunton); acupuncture; and the Japanese grammar (Rodriguez); the history of the Mongols, etc. The second volume comprises: 1. "…tudes biographiques" including short accounts of famous Chinese emperors, ministers, historians, foreign missionaries, etc. and; 2. "Sur la philosophie des Hindoues d'apres les memoires de M. Colebrooke". Cordier BS 68. Lust 102. LŲwendahl 866 (not calling for the map).
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ANDERSEN (ANDERSON) AENEAS :
Berättelse om ängelska beskickningen til China, under Lord Macartney. Stockholm, Johan Pfeiffer, 1796.
Pp. (vi), 250. Slightly later half calf, spine richly gilt and with red title label. Old ownership signature on free front endpaper. An abridged Swedish translation of "A Narrative of the British Embassy to China in the Years 1792, 1793, and 1794". Based on the German edition Erlangen 1795, translated by Samuel ÷dmann. At end an appendix including a narrative by a Catholic missionary about his imprisonment in China, translated from the German (1794). Cf Cordier BS 2386.
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 ALEXANDER, WILLIAM:, Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the Chinese. Illustrated in Fifty Coloured Engravings. London, Printed for Thomas M'Lean, Haymarket; by Howlett and Brimmer, Frith Street, Soho, (about 1827).
ALEXANDER, WILLIAM:
Picturesque Representations of the Dress and Manners of the Chinese. Illustrated in Fifty Coloured Engravings. London, Printed for Thomas M'Lean, Haymarket; by Howlett and Brimmer, Frith Street, Soho, (about 1827).
Small 4to. Pp. (iv) with title and list of plates. With 50 hand coloured engraved plates, each accompanied with descriptive text. Interleaved with blank leaves. Half vellum on marbled boards, flat spine with green title label, lightly rubbed. Second edition of this title. The illustrations depict different occupations including entertainers, as well as costumes of royalities and commoners. The plates are printed with "published for J. Murray ... 1814" but the paper is watermarked 1825-27. Alexander published already in 1805 (and 1815) another work titled "The Costume of China" but contains different plates than found here. William Alexander, British artist, accompanied as draughtsman on Lord Macartney's official embassy to Bejing 1792-94. A handsome copy with clean and beautiful plates (tiny insignificant stain to a few plates). Colas 75. Cordier 1859. Lipperheide 1527.
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