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Chronological Summary of the Universal History of the Chinese Empire Manuscript

Identifier: GTM-150611

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Bound autograph manuscript written by Joseph-Marie Amiot. Undated. French title: "Abrege Chronologique de l'Histoire universelle de l"Empire Chinois."


  • circa 1770-1789

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Biographical Note

Joseph-Marie Amiot, S.J. (1718-1793) was a Jesuit missionary who served in China from 1750 to the end of his life in 1793. His works and writings provided the West with increased knowlwdge about the culture of the vast Chinese empire.

Born on February 8, 1718 in Toulon, France, Amiot joined the Society of Jesus in 1737. He was assigned to China in 1750, where he cooperated with Chinese emperor Quianlong. Fr. Amiot contributed to "Memoirs Concerning the History, Sciences, and Arts of the Chinese" (1776-1791), which included his "Life of Confucius." He also produced a Tartar-Manchu dictionary.

Joseph-Marie died on October 9, 1793 in Beijing, China.

[Soource: Encyclopedia Britannica Online].


0.19 Cubic Feet (Bound manuscript (161 pages).)

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Purchased from H.S. Rare Books, 2015.

Chronological Summary of the Universal History of the Chinese Empire Manuscript
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