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Tratados historicos, politicos, ethicos y religiosos de la Monarchia de China . [Historical, Political, Moral and Religious Account of the Empire of China. A Short Description of that Empire and its Emperors and Ministers...].
Madrid: Imprenta Real, 1676. Small folio, title-page in black and red with woodcut armorial device, engraved coat of arms at head of dedication; 3 lines of early annotation crossed through at end of advertisement; generally in fine condition in a good modern binding of brown calf, spine gilt in compartments between raised bands. First edition of early account of China. First edition: an excellent copy of this rare book, an important early description of the Chinese Empire based on direct experiences between the 1650s and 1670s. 'Written in Madrid in the first half of 1675 by a Dominican monk who had resided in China from 1658 until 1670, this work although sympathetic to the Chinese was anti-Jesuit and the Society of Jesus attempted to have it suppressed... [It] contains an accurate account of the Chinese empire, its customs and beliefs...' The book also describes visits to Macao, India, Mexico, the Philippines and elsewhere. 'There is a hostile survey of the Portuguese concession port of Macao...'(Lowendahl, {i China Illustrata Nova}). Navarrete travelled as a missionary to the Philippines by way of Mexico, arriving in 1648. He taught theology at the Dominican University in Manila, then in 1657 left with a group of missionaries for China. He spent years learning the language, only to be prevented from preaching, along with the other missionaries, by the persecutions of 1665. Instead he began to write; in 1673 he was called to Rome to discuss the question of Chinese Rites. This problem had reached an acute stage in China, with the Jesuits on one side and the Dominicans and Franciscans on the other. Navarrete was highly respected by Pope Innocent XI, who wanted to make him bishop of the Chinese missions; however, Navarrete refused. It was at this time (1676) that Navarrete's book was published in Madrid. Strongly anti-Jesuit, it was translated into most major European languages. It became particularly popular in England, and was admired by the French Jansenists and Voltaire.
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