Nova et succincta..historia...Regno China
Frankfurt am Main, Henning. 1589
(Cordier, 14/15; Lust 27; VD 16 G 2658)
In octavo. Book rebound in old vellum. Slight waterstain first half of the book. Small hole in title page restored. Else fine.
First edition in Latin of this instant bestseller. Mendoza was an Augustinian monk at the Rome court. Pope Gregory XIII ordered him to collect all that was known at the time about China... His work became the standard authority at the time.
It appears as one of the first general histories/descriptions of China in Cordier who mentions like 20 editions in Spanish (First, 1585), Italian; French, German and English before this 1589 Latin first edition. " The first, serious survey of China, it ran some 33 editions in Western Europe between 1585 and 1613. Its influence can be imagined" (Lust, nr 23)