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One of the earliest Chinese texts printed in Europe

Printed page of chinese characters

One of the earliest Chinese texts printed in Europe

Meng Tseu, 1824

printed by Dondrey-Dupré fils, Société Asiatique in Paris. 

The fourth century BC Chinese philosopher Meng Tseu (known to the west as Mencius) is second in importance only to Confucius, whose ideology he inherited and further developed. Edited and abbreviated, his ideas circulated in China in the second century AD. This publication of his doctrines is a rare first edition and one of the earliest Chinese texts to be printed in Europe. The book's plates, lithographed by the Comte de Lasteyrie, Charles Philibert Lasteyrie du Saillant (1759⁠—1849), represent a landmark achievement in lithographic printing. 

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