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The Chinese Rites Controversy

[ALEXANDRE, Noël]. Apologia de' Padri Domenicani missionarii della China, overo rispostra al libro del P. le Tellier Giesuita intitolato Desesa de' nuovi cristiani, ed alla Dichiarazione del Padre Le Gobien della medesima compagnia.
Including: Documenta controversiam missionarum apostolicorum imperii sinici de cultu praefertim Confucii philosophi, & progenitorum defunctorum spectantia… 
Cologne, heirs of Cornelis d'Egmond, 1699. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. Contempary vellum. Full description
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Great history of the discoveries and conquests of the Portuguese colonial empire in America

ANDRADA, Francisco d'. Cronica do muyto alto e muito poderoso Rey destes Reynos de Portugal dom João o III. deste nome. Dirigida ha C. R. M. del Rey dom Felipe o III. deste nome nosso senhor.
Lisbon, Jorge Rodriguez for the author, sold by Francesco Lopez, 1613. 4 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With a central crowned coat of arms of Portugal on the title-page, title and coat of arms set in ornamental border, woodcut initials. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum.
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€ 29,500
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Aquinas's Summa theologiae in Chinese

[AQUINAS, Thomas]. Tchao sin hio yao.
[China, early 20th century]. 7 (of 30) volumes. 8vo. Traditional Chinese binding with new wrappers, title label with Chinese characters and titles in contemporary manuscript on front wrappers, preserved in a modern blue cloth slipcase with ivory clasps. Full description
€ 5,000
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Trade between Prussia and the Far East, with a facsimile of the atlas

[BERG, Albert]. Die Preussische Expedition nach Ost-Asien. Nach amtlichen quellen.
Berlin, the Royal Secret Court Printing-Office (R. von Decker), 1864-1873. 4 text volumes (large 8vo) & 1 atlas (70x53,5 cm; facsimile). With 48 lithographed plates and 4 lithographed folding maps. Atlas contains 60 large plates, including 20 in colour. Text in modern blue cloth; atlas in red cloth portfolio. Full description
€ 3,950
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The Dutch translation of the first French book on Siam

BOURGES, Jacques de. Naaukeurig verhaal van de reis des bisschops van Beryte, uit Frankryk te lant en ter zee naar China: namelyk uit Marsilien over de Middelantsche zee naar Aleppo, en voort te lant deur Syrien, Arabien, Persiën, en verscheide Indiäansche lantschappen.
Amsterdam, Abraham Wolfgang, 1669. 4to. With woodcut printer's device on title, and 8 half-page engraved illustrations in text.  Modern half vellum. Full description
€ 2,950
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Comprehensive history of Japan and China

BRINKLEY, Captain Francis. Oriental series. Japan and China. It's history, arts and literature.
Boston & Tokyo, J.B. Millet Company, 1902. 12 volumes. 8vo. With a handcoloured frontispiece on silk in each volume, numerous plates, hand-coloured reproductions of the famous woodcuts by Hokusai and 2 large coloured, lithographed folding maps. Contemporary blue half morocco, gold-tooled spines. Full description
€ 3,500
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17th-century Chinese drawings (some in colour) and woodblock prints

[DRAWINGS - CHINESE]. [A series of 8 Chinese drawings plus 1 watercolour drawing and 2 woodblock prints].
[China, the main series ca. 1660/75?]. A series of 8 Chinese drawings (ca. 24 x 14.5 cm: 5 coloured, 1 also highlighted in gold), showing scenes from a Chinese novel, many military or diplomatic, plus 2 Chinese woodblock prints (1 coloured) and 1 Chinese watercolour drawing. Full description
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Account on the confinement and death of one of the leading men in the rites controversy in China

[DANDI, Giovanni Pellegrino]. Relazione del penosissimo carcere, e della preziosa morte dell' eminentissimo Sig. Carlo Tomaso Maillard di Tournon ... con la facoltà di Legato a Latere nell' impero della Cina, e regni dell' Indie Orientali seguita nella citta di Macao, li 6 del mese di Guigno dell' anno 1710.
Forli, Fasti, "17012" [= 1712]. Small 8vo (14.5 x 10 cm). Contemporary stiff wrappers covered with brocade paper. Full description
€ 9,500
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