Fourth edition in French of Historia de las cosas mas notables y costumbres del gran reyno de la China (first published in Spanish in Rome, 1585), the first serious survey of China. “”This work is mainly a compilation from the narratives of Gaspar de Cruz, Martin de Rada (Herrada), and Pedro de Alforo, missionaries, to which is added the Itinerary of Father Martin Ignaxio”” (Cox I, p. 322, quoting Library of Congress). The sixth book contains the Itineraire du Nouvveau Monde by Ignacio de Loyola (d. 1606). According to Ortelius, the final part concerning China, provided him with more information than any other single treatise.
8vo (15.9 x 9.6 cm). (Some browning and staining.) Contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt neat repairs to extremities, an excellent example.
Provenance: some early inscriptions on flyleaves.
Brunet, II, 1662; Cordier Sinica I, 13; JCB (1919) II, p. 39; Palau 105510; Sabin 27780.