From antiquity to the Kangxi Emperor
Del Mappamondo istorico. Tomo settimo, parte prima. Che contiene le Vite degl'Imperatori della China.
Continuazione dell'opera del P. Antonio Foresti della compagni de Gesu. Venice Girolamo Albrizzi 1716
First edition. Small 4to (22.5 x 16.5 cm), pp.[xvi], 383, [1, blank]. A very good copy bound in modern calf, spine gilt. Faint stain to upper margin; minute worm track to gutter of initial leaves. A handful of contemporary Italian annotations in ink.
Not in Löwendahl.
A work on the lives of the emperors of China, issued as the seventh of fourteen volumes of the universal history begun by the Jesuit Antonio Foresti (1625-1692) in four volumes and continued after his death. The final ten volumes were published irregularly at Venice from 1693 until 1735. This volume, complete in itself, contains a full history of the Chinese dynasties from ancient times to the reign of the Kangxi Emperor, with an account of the Jesuit mission's success at his court, all compiled by Vittore Silvio Grandi. The final entry is dated 1697. The text includes printed genealogical charts for each dynasty and a chronological list of the emperors.