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Memoirs and Observations Topographical, Physical - Louis le Comte, Jesuit - 1699. 
Benjamin Tooke, London 1699 - A fair copy of the 3rd edition of this scarce work, first published in French in 1696. With frontispiece, folding map, 2 folding plates, 1 single page plate, a folding table and an illustration in the text. Louis le Comte was Jesuit mathematician, sent to China as part of a Jesuit mission at the behest of Louis XIV. He mainly worked in Shansi, and, after his recall to Paris, published an account of his experience in the form of 8 letters. The work provoked controversy and debate about Chinese Rites. This copy has been rebound by Bath Municipal Reference Library. The cloth binding has gilt titles, date and reference numbers to the spine. It is in very good condition. The endpapers have a Bath reference library bookplate to the fep with reference numbers to the top. There are no other library markings. The endpaper joints have been reinforced. Contents: frontispiece, title page, introduction to english translation 14pp, author's preface 4pp, folding map, text and plates pp 1-517 (illustration in text at page 349), errata, blank and index 10 pp. The paper is very browned throughout. P 15 lacks the tip of the bottom corner; there is an ink mark at the page edge of p 110; there is a small hole in p 255 with loss of a few letters; an ink mark at the bottom of p 351; and a small repaired edge tear at p 497. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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