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Voyage fait a la Chine en 1665. 

GRUEBER Johann.; D'ORVILLE Albert (1673.)

£5500.00 

One folding plate of Chinese characters, engraved portrait of Schall von Bell in lover margin of p. 23. Text in Italian, Latin, and French. Folio. 19th century half-calf by Hatton of Manchester.  Title dust-stained. Engraved exlibris of the Macclesfield library to front pastedown.  [ii], 23; 23pp. Paris, Clousier & Cramoisy, 

The two Jesuits Johann Grüber (1623-1680) and Albert Comte d'Orville (1621-1662) were sent to Rome to defend Adam Schall in the rites controversy. Due to the increasing dangers of the sea-route, they decided on the overland-route via Tibet and Agra. They spent two months in Lhasa but unfortunately D'Orville died due to exhaustion in Agra and his companion continued to Rome accompanied by another Jesuit, Heinrich Roth. On his arrival Grüber was questioned, and some of his answers appear in China Monumentis by Kircher, published in 1667. The present two texts were printed as part of Thévenot's "Relations de divers voyages curieux" which was issued in parts in Paris from 1663 onwards. 

Stock Code: 224298