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London, R. and J. Dodsley, 1762. FIRST EDITION 1762, 2 volumes, complete set, editied by Thomas Percy. Small 8vo, approximately 160 x 100 mm, 6¼ x 3¾ inches, frontispiece of Chinese characters in Volume I, 4 engraved Chinese characters on each title page, pages: (22), 232; (4), 248, full contemporary calf, maroon gilt lettered labels, gilt volume numbers and rules between raised bands to spine, double gilt rules to edges of covers. Bindings slightly rubbed, tiny chip to head of spine of Volume 1, large oval ink library stamp and small neat numbers in old ink to title pages, pale foxing to title in Volume 1, pale staining to pastedown, endpaper and last 3 pages of Volume 1, pale staining to margins of pastedown, endpaper and title page of Volume 2, inner margin of frontispiece has pale stain, otherwise a very good tight set. Thomas Percy (1729 -1811), chaplain to George III and later Bishop of Dromore in Northern Ireland, friend of Dr Johnson and James Boswell, is famous for Reliques of Ancient English Poetry (1765) based on an old manuscript collection of ballads. Early in his career he published 'Hao Kiou Choaan, or The Pleasing History', a heavily revised and annotated version of a manuscript translation of the 'Haoqiu zhuan', which is the first full publication in English of a Chinese novel. The Miscellaneous Pieces tackles the language and drama of the Chinese, their social life, customs and their gardens, the progress of Christianity in that country. Some of the essays are drawn from the Lettres Edifiantes & Curieuses, Paris 1702-1758, written by the Jesuit missionaries from China. Volume I: A dissertation on the language and characters of the Chinese. Rules of conduct, by a Chinese author, from the French of P. Parrenim. The little orphan of the House of Chao: a Chinese tragedy from French translation of P. de Premare. On the Chinese Drama from Mr Hurd's Discourse on Poetical Imitation. Volume II: Authentic memoirs of the Christian church in China: from the German of J. L. de Mosheim. Of the art of laying out gardens among the Chinese, by Mr. Chambers, architect. A description of the Emperor's garden and pleasure-houses near Peking, from the French of Frere Attiret, Jesuit. A description of the solemnities observed at Peking on the Emperor's mother entering on the sixtieth year of her age, from the French of P. Amyot, Jesuit. See: The Catalogue of the Lowendal-von der Burg collection, Volume 1, page 234, number 525; John Lust, Western Books on China Published up to 1850, page 29, No. 99. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE, FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
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