Webb: An historical essay endeavoring a probability that the language of the Empire of China is the primitive language

John Webb: The Antiquity of China or an historical essay: endeavouring a probability that the language of the empire of China is the primitive language, spoken through the whole word, before the confusion of Babel (London: Brook 1669)

John Webb: The Antiquity of China or an historical essay: endeavouring a probability that the language of the empire of China is the primitive language, spoken through the whole word, before the confusion of Babel (London: Printed for Obadiah Blagrave 1678)

Webb’s book seems to be the first  book on the Chinese language published in Europe (see notes in Löwendahl 0142), providing a summary of what was known about the Chinese language in mid-17th century.

Last updated 13 June 2015.

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