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China Helman, Isidore Stanislas Henri I. Faits mémorables des empereurs de la Chine tirées des annales chinoises, dédiés á Madame. With engraved title, 25 engraved text pages and 24 engraved full-page plates and 1 engraved vignette. II. Abrégé historique des principaux traits de la vie de Confucius célèbre philosophe chinoia. With engraved title, 28 engraved text pages and 24 engraved full-page plates. 2 works. Paris, self-published, 1788. Ppbde. d. Currently with red plate and rich gilding (somewhat rubbed). Cohen-de Ricci 479th - Graesse III, 237th - Sander 906th - Lust 719, 1133rd - Thieme-Becker XVI, 346f - Fürstenberg 115th - Cordier 667th - Streit VII, 339th - First edition and one of the impressive illustration works on the Chinese Empire and the cultural history of the Chinese in the 18th century. Here both works are present with the large-sized plates, which were made by order of the Chinese emperor after the drawings of the Jesuit Attiret. They show scenes from court life and the domestic life of the Chinese. In 1785 Isidore-Stanislas Helman (1743-1806), a pupil of Le Bas, had engraved in a reduced format the 16 monumental, barely traceable battle scenes, which Charles Nicolas Cochin had created under the title Batailles et conquetes de l'empereur de la Chine by order of the Chinese Emperor, and had increased them by four further illustrations. In 1788 another four engravings were added. This success prompted him to publish the present work, which also combines the text in the engraving plates. "Réduction des grandes planches gravées d'après les dessins du P. Attiret, sur l'ordre de l'empéreur de la Chine et par l'entremise de la Compagnie des Indes" (Cohen-Ricci). The plates were created as a selection of the series published for the great Confucius biography of Joseph-Marie Amiot (1718-1793): "Vie de Confucius" (Volume XII of the Mémoires sur les Chinois). - Good and clean copies of the famous works. <

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