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Athanasii Kircheri e Soc. Jesu China mon   Athanasii Kircheri e Soc. Jesu China mon... - Mets (328 K)
Creator Kircher, Athanasius, 1602-1680
Title Athanasii Kircheri e Soc. Jesu China monumentis: qvà  sacris quà  profanis, nec non variis naturae & artis spectaculis, aliarumque rerum memorabilium argumentis illustrata, auspiciis Leopoldi Primi Roman. Imper. semper Augusti munificentissimi mecaenatis.  
Varying Title Athanasii Kircheri China illustrata
Athanasii Kircheri Soc. Iesv China illvst[rata]
Date created Anno cIc Icc lxvii [1667]
Format [16], 237, [11] p., [26] leaves of plates (4 folded) : ill., maps, ports. ; 39 cm. (fol.)
Table of Contents Monumenti syro-sinici interpretatio -- De variis itineribus in Chinam susceptis -- De idololatria ex Occidente primùm in Persidem, Indiam ac deinde in ultimas Orientis, Tartariæ, Chinæ, Japponiæ regiones successivâ propagatione introducta -- China curiosis naturæ & artis miraculis illustrata -- De architectonica cæterisque mechanicis artibus Sinensium -- De Sinensium literatura.
Abstract This work, by Kircher's regular Amsterdam publishers, represents the 1st edition of his "China Illustrata" in Latin. A subsequent unauthorized edition, in a slightly smaller format but with the same text and with artfully copied engravings, was published by Amsterdam printer Jacob van Meurs, also in 1667. When the authorized printers, Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge and Elizaeus Weyerstraten (who died shortly thereafter) were apprised of the situation they called for a meeting with Van Meurs, to be mediated by a third Amsterdam printer and attended by a notary public. At this meeting, on 27 June 1667, the aggrieved parties demanded that Van Meurs hand over the entirety of his copy of the work: all his printed copies along with his copper and woodblock plates. Further, he was to cease and desist from publishing this work again. In return Van Meurs received 3,450 florins, which basically covered the costs of his "reprint." Subsequent printings at the shop of Janssonius van Waesberge and Weyerstraten (and later with Weyerstraten's widow) used the slightly smaller engravings that Van Meurs had commissioned, though the text remained precisely the same. The Boston College digitized copy reflects the later, legitimate Waesberge & Weyerstraten edition.
General notes Added engraved title page bears title: Athanasii Kircheri Soc. Iesv China illvst[rata].
Added engraved title page has imprint: "Amstelodami. Apud Johannem Janszonium à Waesberge et Elizei Weyerstraet 1667."
Signatures: *-2*⁴ A-2H⁴.
Main body of text printed in double columns.
Initials, tailpieces, marginal notes.
Includes indexes.
"Elenchus librorum a P. Athanasio Kirchero ... editorum": 2 p. at end.
Electronic reproduction. Chestnut Hill, Mass. : Boston College, University Libraries, 2011. Mode of access: Internet.
Link to Item 2345/1847
Subject China -- Description and travel -- Early works to 1800
China -- Social life and customs -- Early works to 1800
Chinese language -- Early works to 1800
Place Name Netherlands -- Amsterdam
Genre Heading book
Bookplates (Provenance)
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Publisher Apud Joannem Janssonium à Waesberge & Elizeum Weyerstraet
Sys. No. 000011213
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