St. Louis: The Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1985. First Edition (presumed). Softcover. Used - Very Good/Fine. Clean, unmarked, tight. Binding tight and square. No creases to spine. Chinese-English parallel text. Illustrations in black and white. Sewn binding. Appendix. Bibliography. Index. 15 x 23 cm. 485 pp. Item #13991
Translated, with Introduction and Notes by Douglas Lancashire and Peter Hu Kuo-chen, S.J.
Matteo Ricci, S.J. (1552-1610) pioneered the modern cultural and religious encounter between China and Europe. Jonathan Spence in his latest book The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci masterfully captures the rich complexity of this meeting. The present volume allows us to read for the first time in English translation Ricci's most famous work of Christian apologetics. In it we discover the Italian Jesuit's own understanding of the dialogues he engaged in with Chinese scholars as he attempted to show them how Christian faith agreed with and improved upon the most authentic Confucian traditions.