Voyages à Peking, Manille et l'Ile de France by DE GUIGNES, Chrétien-Louis-Joseph, 1808. FIRST EDITION and AMAZING ATLAS, COMPLETE with 97 illustrations in FOLIO by the famous engraver Jacques DE SEVE and others. Some large etched maps fold out to a grand size (60 x 43 cm).
IN EVERY WAY, THIS IS THE FIRST OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE FRENCH IN CHINA AS THEY BEGAN TO OPEN DIPLOMATIC CHANNELS. A fabulous and wonderfully illustrated historic record of this momentous event. "DE GUIGNES, like his father before him, became an Orientalist scholar. He was appointed French resident in China and Consul in Canton in 1784. DE GUIGNES was both fluent and interested in the Chinese language, and he published a Chinese-French-Latin dictionary in 1813" (Hill).
The amazing copper engravings printed on THICK & HIGH QUALITY PAPER (with chain lines and watermark) shows a variety of subjects, including: architecture, religion, navigation, cities, costume, military, lifestyle, music and geography. The majority of plates relate to China, Beijing, Canton (Guangzhou) etc...and include 6 maps with views of China, Macau, Philippines, and a plan of the bay of Manila. It is the synthesis of 17 years lived in China by DE GUIGNES. This lot does not include the 3 volumes of text in 8vo size part of this work.
DE GUIGNES was appointed Consul in Canton (China) in 1784, and from 1794-95, de Guignes served as interpreter for Isaac Titsingh, the Dutch ambassador to the court of the Qianlong Emperor of China. Titsingh travelled to Peking (Beijing) for celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Emperor's reign. The Titsingh delegation also included the Dutch-American Andreas Everardus van Braam Houckgeest, whose description of this embassy to the Chinese court were soon published in the U.S. and Europe. In 1808, DE GUIGNES published his account of the Titsingh mission,
which provided an alternate perspective and a useful counterpoint to other reports which were then circulating. Neither the Europeans nor the Chinese could have known that the Titsingh embassy would turn out to have been the last occasion in which any European appeared before the Chinese Court within the context of traditional Chinese imperial foreign relations.
ALL ILLUSTRATIONS ARE DESIGNED & SIGNED BY DE GUIGNES AND ENGRAVED & SIGNED BY JACQUES DE SEVE AND OTHERS.
Author: DE GUIGNES, Chrétien-Louis-Joseph (1759–1845) was a French merchant-trader, ambassador and scholar, born in Paris. He was the son of French academician and sinologue, Joseph de Guignes. He learned Chinese from his father, and then traveled to China where he stayed for the next 17 years and returned to France in 1801. DE GUIGNES was the son of Joseph de Guignes (1721-1800) was a French orientalist, sinologist and Turkologist born at Pontoise, the son of Jean Louis de Guignes and Françoise Vaillant. He succeeded Étienne Fourmont at the Royal Library as secretary interpreter of the Eastern languages. His Mémoire historique sur l'origine des Huns et des Turcs, published in 1748, earned him admission to the Royal Society of London in 1752.
Illustrator: Jacques de Sève (1742-1788) was a French illustrator. De Sève was commissioned by Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon to provide the quadruped illustrations for Histoire Naturelle, générale et particulière (1749-1778, in 36 volumes) (François-Nicolas Martinet did the birds) and then Buffon's Recueil de Vingtquatre Plantes et Fleurs (1772). He also illustrated work by Duhamel du Monceau, Claude Perrault (later editions) and parts of Encyclopédie Méthodique.
Title: Voyages à Peking, Manille et l'Ile de France. Paris: L'Imprimerie Impériale, 1808. Text in French.
Size: Height 41.5 x Width 26.5 cm (16.4 by 10.4 inches).
Description: 2° size. Complete atlas with 92 engraved plates on 60 sheets [32 sheets with two engraved images, the remaining with single images] and 6 engraved maps. Beautiful 20th-century hardcover solid and firm with marble boards, in excellent condition with title and author lettered in gilt on spine. Strong and high quality paper. Paper and plates are fresh and in very good condition, rare foxing or spotting. This is a fine book, a bright copy beautifully illustrated and bound. RARE BOOK, COMPLETE WITH ALL THE 97 PLATES. The photos are very accurate, so please review carefully.
References: H. Cordier: Sinica 2351-2352; Brunet II, 568; Hill 733; Lust 336; Morrison II, 104; Mollendorf 1487; Lowendahl 738; Reed & Dematte (2007), pp.160-61; Pardo de Tavera 1287; Gay 3307; COX, Edward G.; A REFERENCE GUIDE TO THE LITERATURE OF TRAVEL, P.346.
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