De christiana expeditione apud Sinas
De christiana expeditione apud Sinas
Matteo Ricci (1552-1610)
Amsterdam, 1615
Published by Jesuit Nicolas Trigault in 1615, this book is based on the papers of Matteo Ricci (1552 1610), founder of the Jesuit mission in China. Ricci travelled to China in 1600, living as a scientist and studying and teaching in his adopted country. Ricci's works include translations of Confucious into Latin, the first published maps of China available to Europe as well as works in mathematics and astronomy. He also translated works into Chinese, including the first six books of Euclid and also helped to introduce trigonometry to China.

His papers documenting his work and travels in China became the source for knowledge on the country. Trigault travelled to China shortly after Ricci's death and brought the papers back to Europe for eventual publication in Augsburg. The illustration shows Francis Xavier, Apostle of the Indies (and canonized in 1622) on the left and Matteo Ricci, Apostle of China on the right.
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