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Maldonado. 8vo. 1634. History of the Court of the King of China. From
the French of M. Baudier. 4to. 1643. Relatione della Grande Monarchia della Cina. By
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4to. 1697. Nouveaux Mémoires sur l'Etat présent de la
Chine. By Louis le Compte. 12mo. 1698. Journal of Russian Embassy overland to Peking.
By Adam Brand, Secretary of the Embassy. 8vo. 1699. Histoire de l'Empereur de la Chine (Kang-hy).
By Joachim Bouvet. 12mo. 1700. Varia Scripta de cultibus Sinarum, inter Mission
arios et Patres Societatis Jesu controversis. 8vo. Relation du Voyage fait à la Chine, sur le Vaisseau l’Amphetrite. 12mo.
1711. Libri Classici Sex (namely, the Four Books,
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tans. Par Eusebe Renaudot. 8vo. 1728. Nouveau Voyage autour du Monde, avec une
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The following pages being intended wholly for the use of the general reader, so much only of each subject has been touched upon as seemed calculated to convey a summary, though at the same time accurate, species of information in an easy and popular way. More detailed knowledge, on each separate point, must be sought for, by the few who are likely to require it, in one or other of the numerous works above named, and the Catalogue here given may prove serviceable for that purpose.
The superiority which the Chinese possess over the other nations of Asia is so decided as scarcely to need the institution of an elaborate comparison. Those who have had opportunities of seeing both have readily admitted it, and none more so than the Right Honourable Henry Ellis, our ambassador to Persia, whose intimate personal acquaintance with China and India, as well as with Persia, renders him peculiarly calculated to form a just estimate. The moral causes of a difference so striking may perhaps occur to the reader of the subjoined work: the physical causes consist, it may reasonably be supposed, in the advantages which China possesses from its geographical situation ; in the generally favourable climate, the average fertility of soil, and the great facility of internal intercourse which the country possesses from nature, and which has been still farther improved by art. The early advancement of China, in the general history of the globe, may likewise be accounted for, in some measure, by natural and physical causes, and by the position of the whole of that vast country (with a very trivial exception) within the temperate zone. On this point the author will repeat some observations which he long since made in another place; that "an attentive survey of the tropical regions of the earth, where food is produced in the greatest abundance, will seem to justify the conclusion, that extreme fer
tility, or power of production, has been rather unfavourable to the progress of the human race; or, at least, that the industry and advancement of nations has appeared in some measure to depend on a certain proportion between their necessities and their natural
Man is by nature an indolent animal, and without the stimulant of necessity will, in the first instance, get on as well as he can with the provision that nature has made for him. In the warm and fertile regions of the tropics, or rather of the equinoctial, where lodging and clothing, the two necessary things after food, are rendered almost superfluous by the climate, and where food itself is produced with very little exertion*, we find how small a progress has in most instances been made; while, on the other han the whole of Europe, and by far the greater part of China, are situated beyond the northern tropic. If, again, we go farther north, to those arctic regions where man exists in a very miserable state, we shall find that there he has no materials to work upon. Nature is such a niggard in the returns which she makes to labour, that industry is discouraged and frozen, as it were, in the outset. In other words, the proportion is destroyed; the equinoctial regions are too spontaneously genial and fertile; the arctic too unkindly barren; and on this account it would seem that industry, wealth, and civilization have been principally confined to the temperate zone, where there is at once necessity to excite labour, and production to recompense it." There are, no doubt, other important circumstances, besides geographical situation, which influence the advancement of nations; but this at least is too considerable an ingredient to be left out of the calculation.
J. F. D. * See the observations of Humboldt, on the use of the banana in New Spain.