|Lettre de messieurs des Missions étrangères au Pape sur les idolatries et les superstitions chinoises.|
Attributed to Louis Thiberge, a directeur of the Séminaire des missions étrangères. Cf. NUC pre-1956; BN (also entered under the Séminaire in pre-56).
For documents included, see Streit, R. Bibliotheca missionum, v. 7, no. 2091-2092.
Note on this volume from the Philadephia Rare Books and Manuscripts Company:
The Chinese Rites Controversy [Thiberge, Louis]
Lettre de messieurs des missions etrangeres an pape sur le idolatries et le superstitions chinoises. Cologne, 1700. 12mo. A-R6 ; 206 (i.e., 204) pp.$750.00
"This work was printed several times between 1700 and 1720, including some undated editions. The colophon of this one states that it is reprinted from the "Exemplar Romae ex Typographia Reverendie Caniene ApostoIicae 1700," which to this cataloguer would indicate that the Rome, 1700, edition is the first, though no copies of it are recorded in NUC Pre-1956. Only two copies of this edition are shown.
The letter mentioned in the title of this volume was sent from Paris to the pope on 27 April 1700 and appears here on pp. 3-146; pp. 147-151 contain a printing of the "Revocation de l'approbation donee en 1687 par M. l'Abbe Brissacier ... au livre de Ia Defense des nouveaux chretiens & des missionnaires de la Chine, par le R. P. le Tellier Jesuite." The book's other contents are 'le memoire suivant a ete envoie a Rome a la Sacree Congregation du Saint Office vers la fin de l'annee 1699" ; "Ordonnance de M. Maigrot" dated Chano Lo, Fokien, China, 26 March 1693; an anonymous account of ancestor worship and the role of Confucius; the "Decret de la Sacrée Congregation de la Propagation de la Foi, confirme par le pape Innocent X. en 1645"; and the decree of the Sacra Congregatio of 11 February 1700."
"Not in Maggs, Bibl. Asia. Contemporary dark sprinkled calf, round spine, raised bands, gilt spine extra; plain endpapers, lacking the rear one. Bottom spine-panel damaged with loss of leather. Brown staining to five early leaves, nearly all marginal, with the rest of the volume quite clean and crisp."