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A Description of the Empire of China and Chinese Tartary, together with the Kingdoms of Korea and Tibet:

DU HALDE Jean Baptiste; GREEN John trans. (1738-41.)


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Containing the Geography and History (Natural as well as Civil) of those Countries... With Notes Geographical, Historical, and Critical; and Other Improvements, particularly in the Maps, by the Translator. Second and best English edition. 2 vols. Engraved frontispiece, 13 engraved plates, and 51 engraved maps and plans (mostly folding), several woodcut illustrations in the text. Folio. Contemporary paneled calf, rebacked, some occasional light foxing and marginal browning, but generally a very good copy. [iv], xii, xii, [ii], 678; [iv], 388, [10]pp. London, E. Cave,

The best English edition of this work which was translated by John Green. Du Halde (1674-1743) collected a massive quantity of material relating to China, Central Asia and Korea from the many Jesuit reports sent back to France. His work is particularly rich for the excellent maps by d'Anville (1697-1782) which show the Chinese Empire and neighbouring countries in unprecedented detail. The book became the standard source on China and Tibet and was virtually to remain so for a hundred and fifty years, but it also included the first publication of the report on Bering's first expedition into the North Pacific illustrated by an excellent map.The success of the original edition (Paris, 1735) lead to the publication of two English translations. The first into print was that of R. Brookes published by John Watts. It was issued in four octavo volumes, was much abridged textually and illustrated with only 19 plates and maps. The above version was published by Edward Cave who had employed John Green to translate the 4 vol. French work in its entirety. The use of a smaller type and a different layout enabled Cave to fit the text into two volumes. However the finished book which cost more than twice as much as its competitor, is a physically a most appealing publication. Lust 15; Cordier 50; cf. Lada Mokarski, 2; cf. Imago Mundi VI, pp 85- 91; Not in Yakushi.

Stock Code: 212188

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