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Abrégé historique des principaux traits de la vie de Confucius célèbre philosophe chinois

Engraved by Isidore Stanislas Helman (French, 1743–1806), Author Joseph Marie Amiot (French, 1718–1793), Publisher Nicholas Ponce (French, 1746–1831)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Cohen-de Ricci 479


Overall: 27 x 18.9 x 2.4 cm (10 5/8 x 7 7/16 x 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book, entirely engraved, with 24 etching and engraved plates

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: l’auteur et M. Ponce [1788?]) Quarto; 49 leaves; contemporary gilt-stamped brown calf.

Illustrations from the life of Confucius, copied from drawings made in China.

Paris: l’auteur et M. Ponce [1788?]


Charles Henry Johnson, Oxford (inscription); acquired in 1936 by William A. Sargent (1858-1936), by whom bequeathed to MFA, November 17, 1937.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Collection—Bequest of William A. Sargent