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Fine French copies of original Chinese drawings

[Helman, Isidore Stanislas Henri] Abrégé Historique des principaux traits de la vie de Confucius, Célèbre philosophe Chinois. Orné de 24 Estampes in 4to. Gravées par Helman, d'aprés des dessins originaux de la Chine envoyés à Paris par M. Amiot, Missionaire à Pékin, et tirés du Cabinet de Mr. Bertin, Mtre et ancien Sre d'Etat. [bound with] Faits Mémorables des Empereurs de la Chine, tirés des Annales Chinoises, dédiés à Madame. Paris chez l'Auteur [Circa 1786, 1788]
Two works bound in one volume, 4to (28 x 20.5 cm), pp. [iv, engraved title & dedication], [48, engraved captions], 24 plates; [ii, engraved title & dedication], [44 of 48 engraved captions], 24 plates. A very good set bound in 19th-century quarter morocco over red glazed boards. First work clean and fresh; first half of second work foxed. Second work bound without final four pages of captions.
De Backer & Sommervogel I 297 (first work); Cordier BS 587-8 & 667; Löwendahl 647 & 654; Lust 729 & 1113

Two illustrated examples of the 18th-century French mania for China and chinoiserie bound together. The first work depicts the life of Confucius in a suite of engravings copied from a set of Chinese drawings sent back to Paris from Peking by the eminent French Jesuit missionary Jean Joseph Marie Amiot (1718-1793). The second work depicts the deeds of the Chinese emperors. According to the title, these engravings were copied from Chinese drawings in the collection of Henri Bertin, now in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France; but these drawings and their captions appear to derive from a later Chinese edition of the Dijian tushuo (1573).