Full text: Trigault, Nicolas: Regni Chinensis descriptio

NIC. TRIGAVT. paucis hujus primi libri capitibus,
quæ non immerito in ſingulos li-
bros ex creſcerent, ſi pro dignitate
tractarentur.

6. II.
De nomine, ſitu, & magnitudine
Regni Sinarum.

EXtremum hoc in Oriente Im-
perium, Europæ noſtræ inno-
tuit variis nominibus inſignitum. Antiquiſſimum eſt illud à tempo-
ribus Ptolomæi Sina. Poſtmodum
à Marco Paulo Veneto, qui non-
nullam hujus regni notitiam Eu-
ropæis ingeſſit, Cataium appella-
tur, ſed celeberrimum eſt China
ab Luſitanis inductum, qui immen-
ſam navigationem emenſi, eo ap-
pulerunt, ibique ad Auſtralem ejus
partem in Cantonienſi Provincia,
hodieque negotiantur. Id nomen
Itali & aliæ nonnullæ in Europa
nationes nonnihil immutarunt,
Hiſpanicæ pronunciationis ignari,

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