Jean-Baptiste Du Halde.
Description geographique, historique, chronologique, politique... de la China...
Paris: P.G. Lemercier, 1735. 4 vols.

Du Halde's encyclopedic survey, based on the reports of 17 Jesuit missionaries, is probably the most celebrated of all 18th century accounts of China. The plates illustrate costume, scenes from court life, and other subjects.


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