Early French account of Confucius
La Morale de Confucius, philosophe de la Chine.
[bound with] [Arnauld, Antoine]. V. Denonciation du Philosophisme c'est a dire de la nouvelle heresie du Peché philosophique. [and] [Monpersan, Louis de]. La Politique des Jesuites. Amsterdam; Cologne; London [i.e. Amsterdam] Pierre Savouret; Nicolas Schouten; chez Daniel du Fresne 1688; 1690; 1688-9
First edition. Three works bound in one, small 8vo (16 x 10.5 cm), pp.[xx], 100, [2, errata]; [viii], 130, [vi]; [viii, including engraved title], 454. A very good copy bound in contemporary vellum. Slightly soiled. Top corners of third work's first two leaves torn, text and engraving unaffected. Contemporary inscription on front pastedown: "Dieu m'est tout. Gebert." Ownership inscription of Thomas Carter on title of first work. A few early ink notes to text.
Cordier BS 1394; Löwendahl 186
An account of the life and philosophy of Confucius, together with a survey of his works, described by Löwendahl as a "panegyric", published a year after the first European edition of Confucius' works, the Confucius Sinarum philosophus sive… (Paris, 1687). The other two works are scathing attacks on the Jesuits: the first focuses on a contemporary controversy around mortal sin's relation to natural and divine law; the second attacks the international influence of the Jesuits and their policies.