18th & 19th-century missionaries in the Far East
Nouvelles lettres édifiantes des missions de la Chine
et des Indes Orientales. Paris Adrien Le Clere 1818-23
First edition. Eight volumes. 12mo (18 x 11 cm), pp.xxviii, 486, [1, errata], [1, blank]; [iv], 560; [iv], 503, [1, errata]; [iv], 567, ; viii, 603 (errata pasted on final page); [iv], 511, [1, errata]; [iv], 419; [iv], 448. A very good set bound in modern half calf. Stamps of the Jesuit École Saint-Geneviève on titles.
Cordier BS 953–7 (listing the contents in detail); Löwendahl 807-10; Morrison II, p.159
A collection of reports from the Far East written by members of the Paris Foreign Missions Society, established in the middle of the 17th century by the Jesuit Alexander de Rhodes. The first five volumes contain reports from China spanning the period from 1767 to 1819, when Chinese state persecution and the French Revolution both threatened the Society's Catholic missionary activities. The majority of the reports are from the Sichuan mission, with a few written from Peking and Macao. Edicts of the Chinese emperor from 1785 and 1805 concerning foreign missionaries and Chinese converts are provided in translation. The final three volumes relate to Cochin China and Tonkin.