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Confucius Sinarum Philosophus, sive Scientia Sinensis Latine Exposita. Studio & Opera Prosperi Intorcetta, Christiani Herdtrich, Francisci Rougemont, Philippi Couplet, Patrum Societatis Jesu. Jussu Ludovici Magni Adjecta est Tabula Chronologica Sinicae Monarchiæ ab Hufus exordio ad hec Usque Tempora.
Paris: [Andreas Cramoisy] for Daniel Horthemels, 1687. Paris: [Andreas Cramoisy] for Daniel Horthemels,, 1687. First significant publication of Confucius in the West Folio (332 x 202 mm). Modern calf to style. Engraved portrait of Confucius, engraved map of China (fore-edge folded in), both for Jean Nolin; engraved French royal arms to title page and at head of dedication, wood-engraved head and tail-pieces. Contemporary ownership inscription to title page of one ?H. Barker. Old library label on title page verso, unobtrusive worming near gutter of first few gatherings, portrait of Confucius a little ragged at fore edge (only slightly affecting image). A very good copy, complete with terminal leaf 2D2 (Privilege and Cramoisy's imprint). First European edition of Confucius: the first three parts being Latin translations of the Ta Hsüeh, the Chung Yung, and the Lun Yü or Analects; and the fourth, Philippe Couplet's Tabula chronologica sinicae monicharchiae, listing Chinese kings from BCE 2952 to 1683 CE, with a separate title-page. The portrait of Confucius is the first to be published in the West. "For more than two hundred years, Western intellectuals like Leibnitz and Voltaire read and meditated on the words of Confucius from this Latin version, which generated an abundant production of translations, commentaries, and essays in many Western languages... The Sinarum Philosophus represents the peak of Jesuit Sinology in the seventeenth century. It was founded on a close reading of the Four Books, and of their commentaries. All of the Jesuits in China had to learn the Four B … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]

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