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Author: MARTINI, MARTINO (MARTINUS MARTINIUS). Title: Het verwoest Sina, door den wreeden Tartar: vervaatende de schrickelycke landt-verdervende oorlogh, by de Tartars, in 't ryck van Sina aangevangen. ... in 't Neederlandts vertaalt.Amsterdam, Gillis Jansz. Valckenier (colophon: printed in Schoonhoven by Leendert van Heck), 1660. 12mo. With an engraved frontispiece showing an archer left and a mandarin right, flanking the engraved title (the mandarin showing his rank patch: 2 cranes?), a city view in a cartouche below and 3 more figures at the head, a folding engraved map of China and 12 folding engraved historical scenes. Contemporary vellum.
Description: , 168 pp.Third(?) Dutch edition, under a new title and with extensive illustrations and a new preface, verse (by I. [= J.?] van Maenen) and index, of a popular account of the “Tartars” and their relations with China, but especially of the events related to the Manchu conquest of China, the fall of the Ming dynasty and rise of the Qing dynasty in 1644. Martini also briefly covers the short lived Shun dynasty, where a Chinese rebel took the imperial throne for a few months between the Ming and Qing. In the 17th-century, Europeans used the term “Tartar” to refer to any of the Asian groups north of China, including Tatars, Monguls and Manchurians. Martini begins with the first Mongul Emperor Genghis Khan, who reigned from 1206 to his death in 1237, but he concentrates on the Manchu conquest, which occurred during his stay in China.The map in the present edition, dated 1654, appears to match that the 1655 edition and differs from that in the 1654 edition, the frontispiece is a mirror image copy of that in Janssonius’s 1655 Latin edition and some illustrations appear to be copies of those in the 1655 Dutch and Latin editions, but the present edition has more illustrations than any copy we have seen of an earlier edition (the earlier editions give no list of the plates).Slightly stained and thumbed and the edges of some plates slightly frayed , but otherwise in good condition. Binding rubbed and stained, front endpapers lost.l Lach & Van Kley III, p. 1668; STCN (4 copies); cf. Cordier, Sinica, p. 524; Lust 444; Pfister, Jésuites, p. 261; not in Tiele, Land- en volkenkunde.
Keywords: [9EE06DC76F16] ASIA|[9EE06DC76F16] ASIA -> [C4A78A11DA49] Cartography & Exploration|[9EE06DC76F16] ASIA -> [B168CF891AD9] China|
Price: EUR 3500.00 = appr. US$ 3803.96 Seller: A. Asher & Co. B.V.
- Book number: 5868