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Title: Dictionnaire chinois , français et latin. Publié d'après l'ordre de sa majesté L'Empereur et Roi Napoléon le Grand ; par M. de Guignes....
Description: Paris, l'Imprimerie Impériale, 1813, large in-folio ( 47 x 30 cm ) , (6)nn pp + lvi pp + 1112 pp + (2)nn pp (errata). Complete but for the first blank leaf. Uncut copy. Bound in contemporary full vellum over strong boards, raised spine with red leather title label. Binding with some scratching and soiling, upper joint split over ca. 5 cm. Small paper restoration at the title page (where a name was cut out), no loss of text, tear repaired at the errata leaf, some minor stains or dustsoiling at some pages as usual but on the whole still a fine copy. Impressive large paper copy printed on strong laid paper. The chinese caracters are printed from woodcuts, most pages are divided in two colums. The monumental dictionary was published on orders given by Napoleon in 1809. It is the first large scale philological publication in a modern Western language to deal with Chinese and a such a milestone in the meeting of East and West. The editor de Guignes was one of the few Frenchmen at that time who had resided in China and this for over 17 years. The book is based on the work of the Italian missionary Basilio Brollo (1648 -1704) who compiled a Latin-Chinese dictionary (see John Lust , Western Books on China item 1038). De Guignes did not acknowledge this in his book but it was soon exposed after publication by e.g. Klaproth ( see J.Lust, idem, item 1037). .

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Price: EUR 10000.00 = appr. US$ 10868.47 Seller: Antiquariaat Wim de Goeij
- Book number: 39514