6084. Ricci L'histoire de l'expedition... de la Chine

CHINA. RICCI, MATTEO. Histoire de l'expedition chrestienne au royaume de la Chine entreprise par les peres de la Compagnie de Iesus, comprinse en cinq livres, esquels est traicté fort exactement et fidelement des moeurs, loix, & coustumes du pays, & des commencement tres-difficiles de l'eglise naissante en ce royaume. Lille (Pierre de Rache) 1617.

Small 4:o (c. 193x148 mm.). (12), 1-423, 428-559, (5) pp. Title printed in red and black with woodcut vignette.
New brown half calf in style of the period, gilt spine in six compartments, speckled edges. Partly somewhat browned throughout.

Löwendahl: China illustrata nova. Supplement, 1558
Second edition of the French translation by David Florice de Riquebourg-Trigault, first published in Latin 1615.
Ricci's narrative of his pioneering Jesuit mission to China may be one of the most influential descriptions appearing during the first half of the seventeenth century.

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