Lot 17 (Books & Works on Paper including Autographs & Memorabilia, 31st March 2020)

China.- Varo (Francesco)

China.- Varo (Francesco)

Estratto del trattato composto... circa il culto, offerte, riti, e cerimonie, che pratticano i chinesi in honore del loro maestro Confusio…, blank leaf present, folding woodcut illustration, slightly torn at fold, tears to upper corner of A5 & A6 just touching page no., and to O3 without loss, some browning throughout, early ownership note to title, contemporary limp vellum, later endpapers, front joint weak, ink title to spine, soiled and scuffed, [Cordier, Bibliotheca Sinologica, col. 891], 8vo, n.p., Cologne [false imprint, cfr.: BL German 17th century, vol. 4 n. V69], 1700.

*** A rare account about Confucianism in China and its rituals. Francesco Varo (1627-87) was a Dominican friar, missionary in China, and author of the second grammar of Mandarin Chinese in a western language.

Sold for £450


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