PALAFOX Y MENDOZA, Juan de (1600-1659)
The History of the Conquest of China by the Tartars. Together with an account of several Remarkable Things, concerning the Religion, Manners and Customes of both Nations, but especially of the Latter
London: W. Godbid ... M. Pitt, 1671. 8vo. (6 3/4 x 4 1/4 inches). , 588, pp. Advertisements in the rear.
Early panelled calf, rebacked, red morocco lettering piece.
Provenance: K. Eyre (early Latin inscription on the title); John T. Beer (bookplate)
First edition in English of an important early history of China.
The manuscript of this work was found among the papers of Palafox y Mendoza, Bishop of Puebla, when he died. During his lifetime he had been in correspondence, via the Philippines, with China, from where he received news twice a year. From these letters he compiled this history, first published in Spanish in Paris in 1670. His work includes an account of the fall of the Ming and rise of the Manchu dynasty, with descriptions of Manchu customs and hope expressed for progress by Christian missions. It also deals extensively with the role of the Japanese, the confrontations with the Portuguese and Dutch colonists, and the war with the King of Corea.
Cordier Sinica 627; ESTC R33642; Wing P200; Lust 449.