Paris, Pierre Le Petit, Edme Couterot, Charles Angot, 1674.
8vo [181 x 120 mm] of (8) ll., 367 pp., (1) p., (1) bl. l. Full contemporary brown granite calf, spine ribbed and decorated with gilt fleurons, sprinkled edges. Contemporary binding.
Rare first edition of this account of the catholic missions to Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam.
Cordier, Sinica, 826; Streit V, 1797.
“Very rare relation” (Chadenat, n°3841).
In 1658 Pope Alexander VII sent three bishops to the Far East to govern the Churches of these countries.
« The French bishops in the East meanwhile kept the public informed about their activities in China, Indochina, and Siam through a series of published relations. From these works it became clear that the French mission was becoming increasingly dominant in East and Southeast Asia” (Lach-Van Kley, 3, 416).
Very fresh and wide-margined copy since preserved in its contemporary binding, of this interesting travel account, very important for the knowledge of the Far East in the 17th century.