Suite des seize estampes represent les conquetes de l'empereur de la Chine. Isidore Stanislas HELMAN.
Suite des seize estampes represent les conquetes de l'empereur de la Chine
Suite des seize estampes represent les conquetes de l'empereur de la Chine

Suite des seize estampes represent les conquetes de l'empereur de la Chine

HELMAN, Isidore Stanislas. Suite des seize estampes repreìsentant les Conque?tes de l'empereur de la Chine:avec leur explication. Engraved description of the plates followed by 24 full page engraved plates of which three are joined together for one large folding plate. [Paris], 1783-1788. WITH:

Abrege historique des principaux traits de la vie de Confucius, ceìleÌbre philosophe chinois. 25 ff. Contents includes 50 uncut quarto sized engravings including 24 illustrations and 26 engraved text sheets. Paris, Chez l'auteur et chez M. Ponce, graveur [1788]. WITH:

Faits Memorables des Empereurs de la Chine, tires des annales chinoises. 25 ff. Contents includes 49 uncut quarto sized engravings including an engraved title, dedication with armorial head-piece, 24 illustrations and 24 engraved text leaves. Paris: Chez l'auteur, 1788. Oblong Folio, 410 x 530 mm, bound in modern quarter calf over matching marbled boards.

The first part is a complete set of 24 engravings showing the western conquests by the Qianlong Emperor (1711-1799). The first series of 16 views illustrates events from 1754 to 1760, the first and most important of what the Chinese termed Qianlong's ten great military campaigns. In 1765 he Emperor commissioned a set of 16 European copperplate prints commemorating the campaign against the Zunghars, drawn by the leading European artists in China: Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766), Jean Damascène, Jean Denis Attiret (1702-1768) and Jesuit Ignaz Sichelbart (1708- 1780). The first edition was engraved on enormous plates under the direction of Charles-Nicolas Cochin in Paris in the years 1769 to 1774. Because few of his prints ever reached China and it was decided to have the present new edition of the same views printed in a reduced format, to which Helman added two series, each with 4 views, giving a total of 24.

The second series illustrates the life of Confucius, being one of the earliest accurate accounts published in Europe. The twenty-four engravings were executed after original Chinese miniatures. The drawings were sent from Peking to France by Joseph Marie Amiot (1718-1793), a Jesuit missionary who spent his entire adult life in China. Amiot did more to promote the thought, life, and culture of the Far East to the Western world than had ever been done before. Confucius' rational ethics are herein represented as equal to Christian morals, a striking revelation.

The third series is a version of Dijian tushuo (Illustrated mirror for the emperor), designed to appeal to educated Parisians. This was a popular Chinese work with stories and illustrations of the praiseworthy and blameworthy actions of Chinese emperors, originally composed for the instruction of the young Wanli emperor. A manuscript version of this work was sent to the French minister of finance Henri Bertin, after which Helman modelled his edition. Besides reframing the Chinese historical anecdotes for a French audience. Some staining and foxing, overall very good.

Item nr. 169163
Price: $50,000.00

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