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RHODES, Alexandre de.
Relazione de' felici successi della Santa Fede predicata da' padri della Compagnia di Giesu nel regno di Tunchino. Rome, Giuseppe Luna, 1650. 4to. With a folding engraved map (ca. 12.5 x 18.5 cm) of Annam. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment, recased, with modern endpapers.
Cordier, Indosinica, col. 1619; Walravens, China illustrata 158; BMC Printed Maps I, col. 611. First edition of one of the earliest detailed descriptions of Annam (Vietnam), and particularly the Jesuit missionary activity there in the years 1627-1645, by the Jesuit Alexandre de Rhodes (1591-1660), who served as a missionary in Tonking, Cochinchina and Annam from 1624 to 1630. The text is divided into two parts, the first giving a detailed account of the topography, people and customs of the region, and the second a report on the missionary activities. The map of Annam is the earliest known map of the region. It covers northern (and parts of southern) Vietnam, the island of Hainan, and parts of Cambodia, Laos and Canton province, at a scale of about 1:7,000,000. The work also includes Rhodes's first account of the six tones of the Vietnamese language, introducing five diacritical marks above or below the vowels to represent them with the roman alphabet, leading to the permanent abandonment of Chinese characters (he published a dictionary a year later).Minor wormholes in second leaf, only affecting a ouple letters; some small water stains in the first few leaves; fore-edge margin leaf b2 damaged, not affecting text. Otherwise in very good condition. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: ASHER Rare Books [t Goy Houten, Netherlands]
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