Milan: Gio. Battista Cerri, 1627.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition. Item #046689
Original thick paper boards, modest wear, some scattered browning, title page reinforced in the gutter, privilege statement bound between pages 14 and 15. The second edtion, originally published the same year in Rome - both editions scarce, the Milan edition a bit more so. 291pp. Bibliotheca Sinica 814
"Its first two letters recount in gruesome detail the martyrdoms being suffered...The letter from Macao is a compendium of reports garnered from refugees...The letter of 1621 from China, written by Trigault from Hangchow [pp. 150- 232], is full of material on the advance of the Manchus in northern China: the capture of Liaotung, the fear for the safety of Peking, and the outbreak of local rebellions against the young Ming emperor. This is followed by a letter [pp. 233-290] on the same subjects written by Alvarez Semmedo from Nanch’ang, capital of Kiangsi province, in 1623 in which he reports that three million have died in these wars and that unrest is spreading throughout the country”. Lach, Asia in the Making of Europe vol III, pg 375 Size: Octavo (8vo). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Travel & Places; China; Religion & Theology. Inventory No: 046689.