LOT 1400

China. Toestand en vooruitzichten van dat rijk;

-inzonderheid ten aanzien der evangelie-verspreiding; met narigten omtrent de oudheid, uitgestrektheid, bevolking, benevens de letterkunde en godsdienst der Chinezen. By W.H. Medhurst (...). Uit het Engelsch vertaald door Adr. van Deinse (...). Rotterdam, Van der Meer & Verbruggen, 1839, 2 vols, XX,303; IX,(1),302,(2) p., hand-coloured lithographical frontispiece in volume 1, 10 wood-engraved illustrations on 5 plates, both parts with (identical) wood-engraved title ills., 1 folding table, contemporary cardboard (vol. 1)/ original lithographed cardboard.

Both volumes with loosening boards and some wear on the outside, but clean and complete on the inside. Very rare translation of "China, its state and prospects, with especial reference to the spread of the gospel" (Londen, 1838). Part 1 contains chapters on the people, the civilisation, government and laws, language and religion of China and it handles the Roman-Catholic and Protestant missions to Canton. Volume 2 contains chapters on the missions to Malakka and Batavia, report of travels, encounters and operations in several Chinese provinces and concludes with a chapter on needs for the Chinese Mission. The pages 299 and following of the second volume contain very interesting lists of books printed in Canton, Malacca , Batavia, Penang and Singapore , mostly mentioning the amount of printed copies. Medhurst was an educated book printer and printed books on his own lithographic printing press in Batavia, including his English - Japanese dictionary (1830) .

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