The life of Confucius illustrated

Helman, Isidore Stanislas Henri. Abrégé historique des principaux traits de la vie de Confucius.

Paris, chez l'auteur and M. Ponce, [1788].

4to. Engraved title page, 24 engraved plates by Helman, with accompanying engraved text. Contemporary French mottled calf gilt.


First edition. Comprises engravings illustrating the life of Confucius, from a set of drawings sent from China to Paris by Jean-Joseph-Pierre Amiot (1718-93), Minister of Beijing, and kept in the Cabinet du Roi. The accompanying text is an abridged version of the philosopher's life.

Provenance: Thomas Philip Earl de Grey, Wrest Park (armorial bookplate); latterly in the library of Jean R. Perrette (his bookplate).

Pale dampstain in lower margin.

Cohen/De Ricci 479.