Lot 56: GONZÁLES DE MENDOZA, JUAN. HISTOIRE DU GRAND ROYAUME DE LA CHINE. PARIS, 1588 (IN A FINE FRENCH BINDING)
China in print and on paper, including the Library of Bernard Hanotiau and the Floyd Sully Collection
November 7, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: FIRST FRENCH EDITION, 8vo (172 x 104mm.), woodcut initials and headpieces, ruled in red, CONTEMPORARY PARISIAN BROWN MOROCCO RICHLY TOOLED IN GILT, the covers filled with daisies and the monogram "GR" in repeated roundels, central roundel formed of leafy sprays, flat spine gilt with a palmette leaf and a repeated small flower stamp in each compartment, gilt edges, in folding buckram case, small marginal paper flaw in M1, lower corner of Dd1 excised, expert repairs to binding
Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate
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Literature: Alden & Landis 588/37; Cordier, Sinica 13; Dekesel G69; French Vernacular Books 23231; Löwendahl 26 (cf. note to 13); Palau 105510; Sabin 27780; Western Travellers in China 10