1698 ALEXANDER HAMILTON American Provenance CHINA Le Comte Rites Confucius 3v

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The history of China has always been one of the most popular discussions of western culture and was a regular occurring topic of authors from the 16th– 18th-centuries. One of the most important examples of Chinese history was written by Louis Le Comte, a French Jesuit who wrote this work on his mission to China in 1688. This work, ‘Nouveau Memoires,’ created a huge debate within the Chinese Rites Controversy.

 

These tomes cover various Chinese empires and kingdoms including the K’ang His and Kangxi, Chinese astrology and star gazing, Zodiac and mythology, Chinese boats, Mandarin costumes, mechanical inventions, and establishment of Christianity in China.

 

While these contents are important, the most desirable aspect of this book is the section devoted to Confucius and his teaching, along with a rare portrait of Confucius. A highly desirable work with fascinating contents that includes full-page and folding engravings!

 

This valuable set is made even more desirable by the inclusion of a prestigious provenance of the possible book plate of Alexander Hamilton – one of the most important founding fathers of the United States of America. According to several sources, this book plate matches other works that were known to be in the library of Hamilton. [See below]

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1698 ALEXANDER HAMILTON American Provenance CHINA Le Comte Rites Confucius 3v

 

The history of China has always been one of the most popular discussions of western culture and was a regular occurring topic of authors from the 16th– 18th-centuries. One of the most important examples of Chinese history was written by Louis Le Comte, a French Jesuit who wrote this work on his mission to China in 1688. This work, ‘Nouveau Memoires,’ created a huge debate within the Chinese Rites Controversy.

 

These tomes cover various Chinese empires and kingdoms including the K’ang His and Kangxi, Chinese astrology and star gazing, Zodiac and mythology, Chinese boats, Mandarin costumes, mechanical inventions, and establishment of Christianity in China.

 

While these contents are important, the most desirable aspect of this book is the section devoted to Confucius and his teaching, along with a rare portrait of Confucius. A highly desirable work with fascinating contents that includes full-page and folding engravings!

 

This valuable set is made even more desirable by the inclusion of a prestigious provenance of the possible book plate of Alexander Hamilton – one of the most important founding fathers of the United States of America. According to several sources, this book plate matches other works that were known to be in the library of Hamilton. [See below]

 

Item number: #7564

Price: $3500

 

LeCOMTE, Louis

 

Nouveaux Memoires sur l’etat present de la Chine : contenant l’histoire de l’edit de l’empereur de la Chine, en faveur de la religion chrestienne

 

A Amsterdam : Chez Henri Desbordes, & Antoine Schelte, 1698.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages; 3 volumes
    • I – [16], 342
      • 20 engraved plates
    • II – [4], 355, [1]
      • 2 engraved plates
    • III – [32], 322, [10]
      • ‘Contenant l’Histoire de l’Edit de l’Empereur de la Chine, en faveur de la Religion Chrestienne’
    • References: Cordier 39;
    • Provenance:
      • Armorial Bookplate – Alexander Hamilton
        • Regency Superior Auctions and Thomaston Place Auction Galleries claim the bookplate to be the authentic plate of Hamilton.
      • Armorial Bookplate – A. Leonard Fuller
        • Alfred Leonard Fuller FRCSI was an early 20th century physician and surgeon as well as a collector of antiquities.
      • Modern Bookplate – Robert J. Hayhurst
    • Language: French
    • Binding: Leather; tight & secure
    • Size: ~6.25in X 4in (16cm x 10cm)

 

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7564

Categories

Asia, Africa, & Middle Eastern

Religion

Authors

LeCOMTE, Louis

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

French

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete