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Sinicae historiae decas prima
AuthorMartini, Martino 衛匡國, 1614-1661
Pub. LocationAmstelodamiPublisherJoannem Blaeu
Date1659Phys. Desc.413, [15] p : ill. ; 15.5 cm.
LocationDigital Archives, and Rare Book CabinetCall NumberDS735.A2 M3 1659
Full title: Martini Martinii Tridentini, e Societate Iesu, Sinicæ historiæ decas prima : res à gentis origine ad Christum natum in extrema Asia, siue Magno Sinarum Imperio gestas complexa.
Title vignette; initials; ornaments. Signatures: A-Z8 Aa-Cc8 Dd6.
Includes index.
Covers China's history until the time of Christ. "Of the great chronological work which Martini has planned and which was to comprise the whole Chinese history from the earliest age, only the first part appeared." Cf. Catholic encyclopedia.

"Martini, Martino (1614-61). Sinicae historiae decas prima. Munich: Lucae Straubii, 1658’ 2nd ed. Amsterdam: Johannes Blauer, 1659. Covers from Fuxi 伏羲 (2952) to 8 CE; uses both 60 year cycle and Christian year equivalents; Melchisédec Thêvenot produced a complete chronology: Synopsis chronologica monarchiae Sinicae. Paris 1872 in his Relations de divers voyages curieux, v.2.4. Ends in 1425. Both works were based on abbreviations of the Gangmu 綱目and its continuations." --Cf. Wilkinson, Chinese history, a new manual, p.12.

Keywords: Early Chinese civilization; writing systems, social life and customs.
Local access 1658 ed. dig.pdf. [SinicaeHistDecasPrima]
Detailed color file online at ECHO.

Subject(s)China--History--To 221 B.C.E.
China--History--Han dynasty, 202 B.C.E.-220 C.E.
China--History--Qin dynasty, 221-207 B.C.
Rec. TypeBook, and Digital Book (PDF)LanguageLatin
CollectionRouleau ArchivesRec. #252