AMIOT, Joseph [et al.]
15 vol., 4to: -xvi-485-, viii-650, 504, iv-510, -518, -380, xii-iii/x-396, viii-376, xxiv- 470, xi--510, xxii--610, -viii-532, -xvi-543, xvi-561-, -xx-516 pp.; 193 pl.
Contemp. marbled calf, gilt decorated spines with raised bands, red edges (some sm. traces of use).
First edition abundantly illustrated with 193 engraved plates: 2 frontispieces, 158 plates (5 fold.) and 33 tables (3 fold.). Important compilation written by the Jesuits in Beijing (esp. by Amiot, Aloys de Poirot, Aloys Kao and Pierre-Martial Cibot) on the art of war (Sun-Tzu, Ou-Tse...), music, food, astronomy, botany, Tael currency, horses, the life of Confucius... With also a Manchu-Tartar grammar, portraits of famous Chinese figures etc. Vol. 9 contains a parallel translation French-Italian by Poirot of letters written in Tartar by the Kangxi Emperor (1654-1722) to his sons. Table of contents in vol. 10. A 16th vol. was published In 1814 dealing with Chinese chronology.
Ref. Cordier 54-56. - DBS I-300/302:26. - China Illustrata nova 589 etc. (our copy).
For Amiot "Art militaire des Chinois", see n. 975.
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