6166. Histoire de la ville de Khotan 1820

JADE. ABEL-RÉMUSAT, (JEAN-PIERRE). Histoire de la ville de Khotan, tirée des annales de la Chine et traduite du Chinois: suivie de recherches sur la substance minérale appelée par les Chinois Pierre de Iu, et sur le jaspe des anciens. Paris (de l'omprimerie de Doublet) 1820.

8:o (about 210x135 mm.). (4), (3), IV-XVI, (1)-239, (1) pp.
Sewn as issued, entirely uncut, contemporary blue wrappers, worn, spine with damages, missing spine label. Some marginal dampstaining. Old annotation on half-title.

Löwendahl: China illustrata nova. Supplement, 1709.
The history of Khotan is found on pp. 1-116; it is followed by researches on jade and jasper on pp. 117-239.
The first major effort in any Western language for research, albeit mostly literary, on the subject of jade is found in the present work.
As early as 1820, the French Sinologist Jean-Pierre Abel-Rémusat translated a section of Khotan in the Chinese encyclopedia Gujin tushu jicheng (Collection of Books Old and New)-a vast classified compilation in 10,000 volumes completed in 1725.

From the library of Swedish antiquarian bookdealer Björn Löwendahl (1941-2013).