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De Christiana expeditione apud Sinas suscepta ab Societate Jesu
AuthorTrigault, Nicolas 金尼閣, 1577-1628
Ricci, Matteo 利瑪竇, 1552-1610
Kilian, Wolfgang, 1581-1662
Mang, Christoph, ca. 1567-1617
Pub. LocationAugustae Vind.PublisherApud Christoph. Mangium
Date1615Phys. Desc.[14], 646, [12] p. : folding plans ; 19 cm. (4to)
LocationDigital Archives, and Rare Book CabinetCall NumberBX3746.C5 R5 1615
De Christiana expeditione apud Sinas suscepta ab Societate Iesu : ex P. Matthaei Ricij eiusdem Societatis com[m]entarijs. Libri V ad S.D.N. Pavlvm V in quibus Sinensis Regni mores, leges atq. instituta & novae illius Ecclesiae difficillima primordia accurate & summa fide describuntur / auctore P. Nicolao Trigavtio Belga, ex eadem Societate.
Engraved t.p. by Wolfgang Kilian. Includes index.
Signatures: a b² A-4M 4N
Binding: old vellum over boards; ink title on spine; leather ties wanting; Zikawei Library marks.

On title page, "Augustae Vind. apud Christoph. Mangium" is flanked by "anno Christi" and "MDCXV," which appear on the base of the columns.
Colophon on p. [10] at end reads: Augustae Vindelicorum, apud Christophorum Mangium. M. DC. XV.
Library copy has ZKW classification L32 and curious "Mñzÿ Andechs" inked in space below Trigault's name on t.p. device.

De Christiana expeditione apud Sinas is the earliest full account of the Jesuit China Mission. Written by Nicolas Trigault 金尼閣 (1577-1628), it is an amplification (with some misreadings and omissions) of the Italian manuscript left by Matteo Ricci after his death in 1610, which was supplemented by the Jesuits Ferreira, Longobardi, and Cattaneo. It was immediately popular and translated into German, Spanish, and Italian, and was later partially translated (by Louis Gallagher) into English. A modern Chinese translation also exists.

De Christiana expeditione apud Sinas presents the history of the mission from Xavier’s time until Matteo Ricci, the experience in Japan, and much information concerning the Chinese nation, government, philosophy, and history.
Ref: Backer-Sommervogel, VIII, 239, no. 6.
For full bibliographic reference see Ad Dudink & Nicolas Standaert, Chinese Christian Texts Database (CCT-Database).

Widely available online, e.g. Beyond Ricci, Internet Archive and several European libraries.
Local access see folder: [De Christiana]

China--Description and travel--16th-17th centuries--Sources
China--History--Ming dynasty, 1368-1644--Sources
Jesuits--China--16th-18th centuries--Sources
Ricci, Matteo 利瑪竇, 1552-1610
Jesuits--Missions--China--History--16th century--Sources
Jesuits--Missions--China--History--17th century--Sources
China--Church history--16th-17th centuries--Sources
China--Civilization--16th-17th centuries--European views
China--Civilization--Ming dynasty, 1368-1644--Jesuit interpretations
Rec. TypeBook, and Digital Book (PDF)LanguageLatin
CollectionRouleau ArchivesRec. #32