8vo. [xxiv], 148, 193-352. One large folding plan of ‘Pekim’ (Beijing) after R4 (minor tear to fold at top, which in no way obscures the image). Pictorial glossary p. 83. Woodcut of a canal, p. 117. Contemporary, full speckled calf. Blind tooled decoration. Some loss at the spine, though this is minimal. Corner missing from rear end paper, though it obscures nothing. First English edition of “Nouvelle relation de la Chine”, published in Paris the same year. Translated into English by John Ogilby. It is based on the Jesuit missionary Magalh?es’ Portugese memoirs which were carried back to Europe by Philippe Couplet in 1682. First translated into French by Claude Bernou. One of the most comprehensive and perceptive general descriptions of China published during the 17th century. Rare in its original binding.
MAGALHÃES (MAGAILLANS), GABRIEL DE, A New History of China: Containing a Description of the most Considerable Particulars of the Vast Empire, Printed for Thomas Newborough, at the Golden Ball, in S. Paul’s Church-Yard, 1688
MELCHIORRI, Giuseppe., Guida metodica di Roma e suoi contorni. Opera arricchita di 4 tavole grandi e di 40 tavole incise in rame, rappresentanti i principali monumenti della citta’, compilata con nuovo metodo, ed in questa seconda edizione italiana, aumentata, e corretta dal Marchese Giuseppe Melchiorri romano., Si vende nella Tipografia Puccinelli, 1840
PSALMANAZAR, George., Memoirs of ****. Commonly known by the Name of George Psalmanazar; a Reputed Native of Formosa. Written by himself, In order to be published after his Death. Containing An Account of his Education, Travels, Adventures, Connections, Literary Productions, and pretended Conversion from Heathenism to Christianity; which last proved the Occasion of his being brought over into this Kingdom, and passing for a Proselyte, and a Member of the Church of England., Printed for the Executrix, 1764