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[Sun Tzu], AMIOT (trad.), le Père, revu et publié par M. DEGUIGNES.

Lot 41: One of the most sought after books on the Chinese art of war

Adams Amsterdam Auctions

March 24, 2015
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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[Sun Tzu], AMIOT (trad.), le Père, revu et publié par M. DEGUIGNES. Art Militaire des Chinois, ou recueil d'anciens traités sur la guerre, composés avant l'ere chrétienne, par différents généraux Chinois [...]. On y a joint Dix préceptes adressés aux Troupes par l'Empereur YONG-TCHENG, pere de l'Empereur règnant. Et des PLANCHES GRAVÉES pour l'intelligence des Exercices, des Evolutions, des Habillements, des Armes & des Instruments Militaires des Chinois. Traduit en François, par [...]. Paris, Didot l'Ainé, 1772. 19th century full marbled calf with gold-tooled spine and spine title (covers with some superficial wear, some minor defects to spine ends and hinges, but good). Edges of covers decorated with gilt roll tools. With impressive 33 full-page engraved plates (all skilfully hand-coloured). 12, 394, (3) pp.

Artist or Maker

[Sun Tzu], AMIOT (trad.), le Père, revu et publié par M. DEGUIGNES.

Provenance

From the estate of W.E. von Hemert, a gift to his 50th birthday by his brother-in-law

Notes


The Art of War (Chinese (lit. transl.): "Master Sun's Rules for Army") was traditionally ascribed to Sun Tzu (544 BC - 496 BC). It presents a philosophy of war for managing conflicts and winning battles. It is accepted as a masterpiece on strategy and is frequently cited and referred to by generals and theorists since it was first published, translated, and distributed internationally.There are numerous theories concerning the completion of the text and concerning the identity of the author or authors, but archaeological recoveries have proven that The Art of War had achieved roughly its current form by at least the early Han. Some modern scholars believe that it contains not only the thoughts of its original author but also commentary and clarifications from later military theorists, such as Li Quan and Du Mu.Very nice copy of a legendary book in an attractive binding.

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