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An Italian painter travels to China  

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Title:
La Chine mieux connue: ou les Chinois tels qu'il faut les voir ... précédés d'un voyage a la Chine, etc.

Author:
Gherardini, Giovanni Battista

Place:
Paris

Publisher:
Ponthieu

Date:
1796-1797

Description:

2 vol. in 1. 203, [3], 195 pp. (12mo) 13.5x8.5 cm (5¼x3¼"), full speckled calf, black morocco spine label, spine titled and tooled in gilt.

Account of travels to China by Giovanni Battista Gherardini, an Italian painter who later settled in France. While painting a Jesuit church, he was invited to travel to China, which he did in 1698. While in the country, he painted frescos in a French Jesuit mission built in the Forbidden City before returning to France in 1705.


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Condition:
Some wear and rubbing to covers; text block is trimmed with no loss to text, internal foxing and offsetting; overall very good.


 
Item number:
315683
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