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Carta de una doctor en Theologia a un Missionero de la China, que le ha propuesto diversas dudas sobre el camino que ha de seguir en estas Misiones
Letters to a missionary in China. 1687. 4to (206 x 144 mm). [with] Segunda carta de un doctor en theologia a un Missionero de la China 10 de Mayo de 87. In 4to (203 mm x 142 mm). 40 pp. –from page 13 is found “Carta de un doctor Parisiense a un Missionero Apostolico de la China, que le ha propuesto diversas dudas” + 16 pp. Unbound. First title with lower right marginal loss of paper, upper margin with minor loss of paper, away from text, foxing; overall a good unsophisticated copy. Extremely rare Spanish translation of two letters addressed to a missionary posted in China. The first letter is composed of two, both dealing with the doubts expressed by the aforementioned missionary in regards to the path to be followed in his mission; this reply comes from two different unnamed authors, who recommend different ways to continue the apostolic mission, one for instance, making reference to the Chinese’s interest in Astrology, argues the value of astrology towards the knowledge of God; historic references as Yam Quam Sien’s persecution of missionaries are also found. The second deals with a variety of subjects, including Confucius and Confucian philosophy, the names and treatments of Regents and God. Both are exceedingly rare, no copy is registered as having sold at auction, no copy of the Segunda Carta is found in public institutions in Spain, only one complete copy of the first at the Real Academia de la Historia (Madrid, Spain). The titles mention both are translations of French letters, which we have been unable to find. Not in Palau. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: HS Rare Books [Capital Federal, CAP, Argentina]

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