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ISTORIA DE L'IMPERADOR DE LA INA PRESENTATA AL RE DI FRANCIA. Dal Padre Giovanni
Padova MDCCX [1710], Giufeppe Corona. Original vellum, very. clean, solid, 97p., Italian text,10.5 x 17 cm., Ad inftanza. di Alvife Pavino. FIRST ITALIAN EDITION. AN EARLY PRIMARY JESUIT MISSIONARY ACCOUNT OF CHINA 1710 Father Joachim Bouvet [1656-1730], was a French Jesuit and missionary to China. ** Extracted from the Catholic encyclopedia: * "[Fr. J. Bouvet was a] "Jesuit missionary, born at Le Mans, France, died at Peking, China, 28 June, 1732. * He was one of the first Jesuits selected by Louis XIV for the mission in China. Before setting out for their destination, he and his associates were admitted to the Academie des Sciences and were commissioned by that learned body to carry on astronomical observations, to determine the geographical positions of the various places they were to visit, and to collect various scientific data. The little band, after being provided by order of the King with all necessary scientific instruments, sailed from Brest, 3 March 1685, with Father Fontaney as Superior. After spending some time in Siam, they finally arrived in Peking, 7 February, 1688. They were favorably received by the Emperor the famous Khang-hi, who retained Father Bouvet, together with Father Gerbillion, near his person and made them his instructors in mathematics. While engaged in this work, the two Fathers wrote several mathematical treatises in the Tartar language which the Emperor caused to be translated into Chinese, adding the prefaces himself. So far did they win his esteem and confidence that he gave a site within the palace enclosure for a church and residence which were finally completed in 1702. * In 1679 he [Emperor] sent Father Bouvet back to France to obtain new missionaries and made him the bearer of a gift of forty-nine volumes in Chinese for the king. These were deposited in the Royal Library, and Louis XIV, in turn, commissioned Father Bouvet to present to the Emperor a magnificently bound collection of engravings. * In 1699 Father Bouvet arrived a second time in China, accompanied by ten missionaries, among them men of great ability, such as Fathers de Premare, Régis, and Parrenin. Khang-hi honored him further with the title of interpreter to his son, the heir-apparent. In 1700, with four of his fellow missionaries, he presented a memorial to the Emperor, asking for a decision as to the meaning attached to the various ceremonies of the Chinese in honor of Confucius and their ancestors. The Emperor, who had taken a keen interest in the controversy regarding the ceremonies, replied that they were simply civil usages, having no religious significance whatsoever. * The memorial, together with the Emperors reply, was published in the "Gazette de Pekin" but failed to allay the excitement then raging in Europe over the question. From 1708 to 1715 Father Bouvet was engaged in a survey of the empire and the preparation of maps of the various provinces. He was a man of great energy and ability, and of simple, unselfish piety. For nearly fifty years he shared all the labors of the missionaries and was engaged from time to time in various scientific works. During this long period, chiefly on account of his services to the Emperor and the favor he enjoyed with him, he did much to advance the interest of Christianity and to facilitate the entrance and the labors of his fellow-missionaries. * His Chinese name was Petsin. * Besides his works on mathematics, Father Bouvet was the author of "Etat présent de la Chine, en figures gravées par P. Giffart sur les dessins apportés au roi par le P. J. Bouvet" (Paris, 1697); "Portrait histoique de l'empereur de la Chine" (Paris, 1697). The library at Le Mans contains a collection of his manuscripts including a Chinese dictionary."" ** End of citation from Catholic Encyclopedia. * CONDITION: The original vellum binding is in lovely condition, with penned author's name and title with a decoration on the spine. The binding is solid and has little wear anywhere and must be described as "excellent plus." The pages are clean, and white with little foxing evident, 5 leafs [10 sides] are discolored and darkened but they are not brittle or other- wise damaged, a clear and solid copy of a very RARE BOOK. * BIBLIOGRAPHY: John Lust: WESTERN BOOKS ON CHINA PUBLISHED UP TO 1850, -no. 465 refers to the French edition of 1699. * H. Cordier: BIBLIOTHECA SINICA 634 for this copy. * ORIENTAL LIBRARY: CATALOGUE OF THE ASIATIC LIBRARY OF DR -G.E. MORRISON, Italian p.401. * BM * NUC * Color scans can be sent by email. Images displayed may not always be the exact photo of the copy in stock for sale at any given time. If you want to see the exact image of the book or edition in stock, please request this by email. . Photos of most of our books are posted to our .
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