Dorville, André-Guillaume Contant:
Histoire des Différens Peuples du Monde, Contenant les Cérémonies Religieuses et Civiles, L'origine des Religions, Leurs Sectes et Superstitions, et les Moeurs et Usage de Chaque Nation., Paris, Herissant, 1770, Volume 1, illustrated with vignetes, 12mo (5 x 8 in - 12.5 x 20 cm), 535 pp. A work in French language dealing with Asia, its habits and manners. A six volume set. Volume 1 deals with China, Kingdom of Lieou-Kieuo (Ryukyu Islands), Korea, Formosa, Japan, Kingdom of Tonkin, Kingdom of Pegu, Kingdom of Arrakan and Kingdom of Siam. Of this work, Dorville's states in the preface "Je ne me suis permis aucune réflexion, aucune discussion de quelque poids, je n'ai fait que former un tout de matériaux épars dans quantité d'auteurs" (I did not indulge myself in any reflection, nor weighty discussion, I only made a whole of scattered materials in a great number of authors). The complete set of six volumes was published between 1770-1772 and spans 3170 pp and includes accounts of Florida, South America, Canada, African and Asia (this the first volume).



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