History of the Great and Mighty Kingdome of China and the Situation Thereof

Compiled by the Padre Juan González de Mendoza and now reprinted from the early translation of R. Parke Volume 1

History of the Great and Mighty Kingdome of China and the Situation Thereof

The publications of the Hakluyt Society (founded in 1846) made available edited (and sometimes translated) early accounts of exploration. The first series, which ran from 1847 to 1899, consists of 100 books containing published or previously unpublished works by authors from Christopher Columbus to Sir Francis Drake, and covering voyages to the New World, to China and Japan, to Russia and to Africa and India. The two-volume account by Juan González de Mendoza of the history and geography of China was translated into English in 1588. It was the first detailed description of China available in English, though the introduction to this 1853 edition reviews several earlier reports by western travellers. Mendoza did not himself visit China; his first volume is derived largely from the papers of Martin de Rada, an Augustinian friar who went to China on a missionary expedition in 1575.

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History of the Great and Mighty Kingdome of China and the Situation Thereof Volume 2

Juan González de Mendoza, Translated by R. Parke, Edited by George Staunton, Richard Henry Major

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Book DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511695865