Du Halde. Description De L'Empire De La Chine. 1736.


A French Jesuit, Du Halde was the chaplain first to Louis XIV and then to the Regent for Louis XV. His Description was compiled from the reports of Jesuit missionaries in the Orient, and is amply illustrated by maps. It is one of the first western books to discuss the region of Tibet. The book passed fairly quickly through three editions. This Belmont Abbey copy is the second, in four volumes, bound in calfskin. The gold letters of the title and the leaf-and-thistle design have been stamped on the spine. It was printed at La Haye by Scheurleer in 1736. [ME]

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