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Author: VIANI SOSTEGNO ( 1690 - 1739 ) Title: Istoria delle cose operate nella China da Monsignor Gio. Ambrogio Mezzabarba Patriarca d'Alessandria, Legato Appostolico in quell'impero, E di presente Vescovo di Lodi.
Description: Parigi ( Paris ) , Appresso Monsł Briasson, s.d. ( 1739 ), in-8°, xv pp + (1)(bl) + 256 pp, contemporary full vellum, three leather labels with gilt lettering on smooth spine (vellum and labels a bit soiled, interior fine). With four printed ex-libris on the first paste-down (Bookdealer's label - Thomas Baker of Soho Sq. , an heraldic engraved ex-libris ; '' Verum Atque Decens '' ( Anthony Lee ?) , with manuscript notes of provenance; lot 3/68 John Lee Doctors Bommons (?), lot 397/2 Lord Guildfords Library 5 january 1831. Pope Clemens XI dispatched Mezzabarba in 1720 to China trying to improve the relations between the Jesuits and the Catholic Church with the Chinese Emperor Kang-Hsi ( Rites dispute ). This is the first edition of the account of his legation to China. (See Lust 878). .
Price: EUR 875.00 = appr. US$ 950.99 Seller: Antiquariaat Wim de Goeij
- Book number: 32032