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Thomas, Antoine, The Kangxi Emperor And Others."
Brevis relatio eorum, quae spectant ad declarationem Sinarum Imperatoris Kamhi circa caeli, Cumfucii, et avorum cultum, datam anno 1700.Augsburg and Dillingen, Johann Kaspar Bencard, 1703. Small 8vo (15.5 x 9 cm). Contemporary sheepskin parchment."
1654. [1], [1 blank], 85, [1 blank] pp.Rare first European edition, in the original Latin, of a Jesuit work on the religious and cultural circumstances in China under the Kangxi (here Kamhi) Emperor (1654-1722), including the Emperor's edict of tolerance toward Christians and the controversial Jesuit arguement that Confucian rites and veneration of ancestors were non-religious and therefore compatible with Christianity. Although the title-page gives no author's name, the text is signed at the end by the principal author Antoine Thomas (1644-1709), Jesuit advisor to the Emperor, together with nine other Jesuits.With owner's stamp and a bookplate of Baron Horace de Landau (1824-1903). With the title-page very slightly slurred during printing and its lower outside corner torn off, but otherwise in very good condition, with only an occasional spot. Mice have nibbled away some of the parchment, but they fortunately decided not to sample the paperboards or paper, and the binding is otherwise good.l Cordier, Sinica, cols. 893-894; De Backer & Sommervogel Vii, col. 1978 (Thomas 12 note); Worldcat (9 copies)."
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