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    DescriptionIn 1577, the Jesuit priest Matteo Ricci set out from Italy to bring Christian faith and Western thought to Ming dynasty China. To capture the complex emotional and religious drama of Ricci's extraodinary life, Jonathan Spence has shifted away from conventional biographical techniques, and he relates his subject's life to several images that Ricci himself created - four images derived from events in the Bible and others from a book on the art of memory that Ricci wrote in Chinese and circulated among members of the Ming dynasty's elite. A rich and compelling narrative about a remarkable life, "The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci" is also a significant work of global history, juxtaposing the world of Counter-Reformation Europe with that of Ming China.

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    The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jonathan D. Spence
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 364
    Width: 133 mm
    Height: 190 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    ISBN 13: 9780140080988
    ISBN 10: 0140080988

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.1
    BIC E4L: REL
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
    BIC subject category V2: HRCX7
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: HIS008000
    Ingram Theme: APPR/RDRCAT
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037010
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    BISAC V2.8: BIO019000, BIO000000
    DC22: 266/.2/0924
    LC classification: BV3427.R46 S66 1985
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    DC21: 266.20924
    LC classification: BV3427.R46
    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRVS4
    Penguin Books Australia
    Imprint name
    Penguin Books Australia
    Publication date
    01 June 1994
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    Author Information
    Jonathan Spence's eleven books on Chinese history include "The Gate of Heavenly Peace," "Treason by the Book," and "The Death of Woman Wang." His awards include a Guggenheim and a MacArthur Fellowship. He teaches at Yale University.
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    Praise for "The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci" "An extraordinarily delicate achievement . . . Resembles the portrait of an age." --"The New York Times Book Review" "A gripping portrait of late-sixteenth-century cultural history in both the West and the East." --Natalie Zemon Davis, Princeton University, author of "The Return of Martin Guerre" "An extraordinary tour de force, a work of literature and at the same time a remarkable wide-ranging use of historical sources. This is the kind of history that most people in the profession cannot even begin to write." --John King Fairbank, Harvard University