[Joseph-Marie Amiot.]M. Amyot, Miss.re Apost.que à Peking, Chargé d'Aff.res par S.M.T.C. auprès de l'Empereur de la Chine [...]
Rare stipple, sheet 180 x 125mm (7 x 5"). Trimmed inside platemark, losing text at bottom corners.
Joseph-Marie Amiot (1718-93), Jesuit priest and missionary in China, astronomer and historian. Amiot arrived in Macao in 1750 and the following year travelled to Peking (now Beijing) where he remained until his death. A prolific author on science and music, his translations from Chinese included the first translation into a European language of Sun Tzu's 'The Art of War'. Amiot was one of the last Jesuit missionaries in China, as the Chinese attitude towards the West hardened in the late 18th century. Engraved after a portrait made in China by the Italian artist and missionary Giuseppe Panzi.
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