China costumes. THOMAS ANTOINE. Lo stato presente...

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China costumes. THOMAS ANTOINE. Lo stato presente...
  China costumes. THOMAS ANTOINE. Lo stato presente della Chiesa cinese rappresentato a monsignor vescovo di .... tradotto dal francese. S.l., s.t., dopo l?aprile del 1707

4to, 205x150 mm; contemporary limp vellum binding, handwritten title on back; pp 182, 2 blanks; Woodcut vignette on titlepage. Label of previous owner stuck on the inside cover "Querzola Libri Rari Roma". Fine condition.

Bound with: Censura d'un libello intitolato Considerazioni sù la Scrittura delle Riflessioni nella Causa della Cina. Esposta in una Lettera all'Autore delle medesime Considerazioni.S. l., s.t., after 1707.

pp 88, 28; a folded plate engraved on copper out text. The second part presents the title: 'Appendice alla Censura del Libello intitolato considerazioni, in Risposta ad un Dottor Sorbonico Autore d'altro Libello intitolato: difesa del giudizio formato dalla sede apostolica & c.' Fine condition.

Condition Report

Very rare first Italian editions. Two important works illustrating the ?Chinese Rites controversy? with Jesuits and the Vatican like opponents. In the second work the evocative table depicts one of the rites that were the subject of the dispute, especially among the Jesuits, who supported the practice, and the Dominican and Franciscan missionaries who condemned them. In the second work, the evocative plate depicts one of the rites that were the subject of the dispute, especially among the Jesuits, because they supporting this practice, and the Dominicans, Augustinians and Franciscans missionaries who condemned them. For the first work, the date is taken from page 177, for the second, from page 16 of the Appendix, where the documents presented by the Jesuits to Pope Clement XI in 1707 are mentioned. Cordier, referring to the French edition of the ?Stato presente della Chiesa cinese?, note:" contient en particulier le texte fort important de la longue lettre adressée de Pekin à Mgr. de Tournon le 20 avril 1707 par le P. Antoine Thomas.? In this Italian edition the important letter of the famous French Jesuit covers pages 114 to 177. The continuing controversy involved leading universities in Europe, was considered by eight popes and by the Kangxi emperor, and led to repeated intervention by the offices of the Holy See. By the end of the 17th century, many Dominicans and Franciscans had come to share the Jesuits? opinion, but Rome disagreed. In a decree of 1704, reinforced by a bull in 1715, Clement XI banned the rites. Benedict XIV in 1742 reaffirmed the prohibition and forbade further debate. No in Melzi and Barbier. See Cordier, Biblioteca sinica; NUC Pre-1956, vol.565, p. 444; F. Bontinck, La lutte autour de la liturgie chinoise au XVII et XVIIIème siècles, Louvain, 1962.
sun 9 December 2018
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