Voyages à Peking, Manille et l'Île de France, faits dans l'intervalle des années 1784 à 1801 - Chrétien de Guignes 1808 - l'Imprimerie Impériale (J.J. Marcel) for Treuttel and Würtz, Paris - First Editions A finely bound set of Guines’ well respected and profusely illustrated journal, with text in French, covering his time in China and the Philippines. Three octavo volumes and small folio atlas with 92 engraved plates and 6 engraved maps.

Chrétien-Louis-Joseph de Guignes (1759-1845), renowned Sinologist, was named French representative in China in 1784 and conul in Canton. During the years 1794 and 1795 he accompanied the Dutch embassy to Peking to meet with the Emperor. Of his seventeen years in China, Guignes provides numerous observations on the manners and customs, the festivals, the costumes, etc.

He later produced his Chinese-Latin-French dictionary, still considered an important work of scholarship. Guignes’ journal also touches on the Mauritius (I’lle de France), at the time the centre of French influence in the Indian Ocean and the principle base of peaceful and military French enterprise [Ryckebusch, n° 3783]. According to Numa Broc "Guignes, who only published his report in 1808, was able to know and use the works of Staunton and Barrow": he thus completed on several points these two relations of the embassy of Lord Macartney in China (Broc,
La Géographie des philosophes).
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