On Friendship: One Hundred Maxims for a Chinese Prince (Hardcover)

On Friendship: One Hundred Maxims for a Chinese Prince By Matteo Ricci, Timothy Billings (Translator) Cover Image
By Matteo Ricci, Timothy Billings (Translator)
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"On Friendship, with its total of one hundred sayings, is the perfect gift for friends."--Feng Yingjing, renowned scholar and civic official, 1601

Matteo Ricci (1552-1610) is best known as the Italian Jesuit missionary who brought Christianity to China. He also published a landmark text on friendship--the first book to be written in Chinese by a European--that instantly became a late Ming best seller.

On Friendship distilled the best ideas on friendship from Renaissance Latin texts into one hundred pure and provocative Chinese maxims. Written in a masterful classical style, Ricci's sayings established his reputation as a great sage and the sentiments still ring true.

Available for the first time in English, On Friendship matches a carefully edited Chinese text with a facing-page English translation and includes notes on sources and biographical, historical, and cultural information. Still admired in China for its sophistication and inspirational wisdom, On Friendship is a delightful cross-cultural work by a crucial and fascinating historical figure. It is also an excellent tool for learning Chinese, pairing a superb model of the classical language with an accessible and accurate translation.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780231149242
ISBN-10: 0231149247
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: September 17th, 2009
Pages: 192
Language: English