17TH CENTURY DESCRIPTION OF CHINA. MAGALHAES, GABRIEL DE. A New History of China. Containing a Description of the Most Considerable Particulars of that Vast Empire. Written by Gabriel Magaillans of the Society of Jesus, Missionary Apostolick. Done out of French. London, printed for Thomas Newborough, 1688.
8vo. 19 x 12 cm. (24), 148, 193-352 pp. P. 149 and onwards misnumbered by the printer. Illustrated with woodcuts of Chinese signs (p. 83) and canal works (p. 117). Lacks the folding plan of 'Pekim' (Beijing) and a folding plate.
Contemporary calf boards with new gilt spine with red and green labels. New end-leaves. Minor stains. Recurring light damp in inner margin. Leaves B2-7 hang on one thread.
Löwendahl, Sino-Western Relations, Supplement 2012, 1584. First English edition, translated from the French by John Ogilby. First French edition the same year, translated from Magelhaes' Portugese manuscript by Claude Bernou.
Lacks the plates. Please, see description!
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