Mendoza's Historie of the Kingdome of China Vol.1 by Juan Gonzalez de Mendoza

Mendoza's Historie of the Kingdome of China Vol.1

byJuan Gonzalez de Mendoza

Kobo ebook | January 17, 2013

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Juan González de Mendoza (circa 1540–1617) was the author of the first Western history of China to publish Chinese characters. Published by him in 1586, "Historia de las cosas más notables, ritos y costumbres del gran reyno de la China" is an account of observations several Spanish travelers in China. An English translation by Robert Parke appeared in 1588 and was reprinted by the Hakluyt Society in two volumes, edited by Sir George T. Staunton, Bart. (London, 1853–54).This is the first of those two volumes.

Mendoza was born at Toledo. He joined the army but after some years resigned to enter the Order of Saint Augustine. He based his most famous text on the journals of Miguel de Luarca, whose 1580 trip to Ming China provided the material for his book. He never set foot in China, but spent two years in Mexico before returning to Spain. He was afterward Bishop of the Lipari Islands, of Chiapas, and of Popayán.

Title:Mendoza's Historie of the Kingdome of China Vol.1Format:Kobo ebookPublished:January 17, 2013Publisher:Herne Ridge Ltd.Language:English

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