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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1817 edition. Excerpt: ...MARTlNl'S Chinese Atlas 1655. down to Mr. Morrison's most learned Dictionary 1315. I see a Chain of events so well connected together, that every individual engaged in this study ought to profess obligation to his fellow labourers, and particularly to those, who have published works of some use before him. For I cannot help reasoning thus. Hadnot the five following learned Works made their appearance, viz I. Martini Atlas Sinicus. Amstelodam. 1655. fol 2. Kircherii China illustrate, ibid, 1667. fol 3. Coupletii Confucius Sinar. Philosbphus Parisiis 1673. (bio. 4. F. Varo's Chinese Grammar, in Spanish, Canton 17o3, 4'05. Bayerii Museum Sinic. Petropoli. 173o. 2 Vol. gr. 3" FOURMONT would never have published his Jllerlitationes 'Sinicae in 1757. nor his Grammar in 1742.--Had I not had the good fortune of appriziug the late sm ononce STAUNTON in,1792. of the existence of these two Volumes, the surprising progress of that great Luminary of Chinese Phi lology SIR GEORGE THOMAS STAUNTON, would, perhaps, have been much slower.---Had not Mn. BARROW'S excellent criticisms appeared in England against rm. rmoan's Elementary Characters ), his VVork would have sunk into sudden oblivion, and perhaps the English would never have thought of publishing any thing in Chinese.---Had not Dr. Hager disgraced his most magnificent /olio Plates, published in LONDON and at mars, on the celebrated MONUMENT of YU the GREAT, by a heap of the most absurd Nonsense, ') Both Mr BARROW and myself have justly criticised this Work, particularly for the absurd Remarks it contains respecting the Mechanism and Genius of the written Chinese Language, -I cannot sufiiciently express how great my astonishment was, when I read in I'ote (') at Page...show more

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  • English
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  • 1236948416
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