Abrégé Historique des Principaux Traits de la Vie de Confucius, Célèbre Philosophe Chinois - Isidore Stanislas Henri Helman (engraver), Pierre-Charles Levesque (translator), Jean-Denis Attiret (illustrator) 1786 - chez l'Auteur and M. Ponce, Paris - First quarto edition Containing twenty four engraved plates, engraved title page and twenty eight engraved plates of descriptive text in French taken from a larger work on Confucius (Pensées morales de Confucius 1782) by Pierre-Charles Levesque (who is referred to by Helman as Mr.l’Eveque)

Engraved by Helman [1743-1806] and drawn by Jean-Denis Attiret [1702-68], official painter to the workshop at Peking, copied from a set of Chinese miniatures which were sent by the Jesuit missionary Jean-Joseph-Pierre Amiot [1718-93] in Peking to Berlin, who was Louis XIV’s Minister of Art and the one in charge of France’s relations with China. The engravings illustrate the life and deeds of Confucius.’
  ‘This work could be purchased unbound for 12 livres; in paper wrappers for 13 livres and 10 francs; or on large paper, to accompany the Batailles de la Chine series, for 18 livres’ [Lowendahl]. There was also a folio edition [42 x 28 cm] published at the same time and now extremely rare.

‘Isidor Helman was a French engraver and print seller with a reputation as an engraver of genre scenes. One of the first pupils at the free school of drawing in Lille, he studied under Louis-Jean Guéret and Louis-Joseph Watteau.’ - Bibliotheca Wittockiana
Western Travellers in China Discovering the Middle Kingdom .

Reference: Cohen 262-3. Cordier BS 667. Lust 729. Löwendahl,
China Illustrata Nova 647.

Quarto. pp. 24 plates [on 24 leaves] 29 plates of text [on 26 leaves]. In 19th century marbled canvas, blind embossed and titled in gilt, new endpapers.
  Condition: Near fine, minor wear to corners, faint foxing to title page and tissue guards.   Ref: 105448   Price: HK$ 18,000