London: Burns & Oates, 1962. First edition. Large octavo, original red cloth, red top edge, cartographic endpapers, original dust jacket. Near-fine book with a tiny pin-hole to the spine and modest edge-wear and soiling to still-bright dust jacket. Very good indeed. Item #293
"NOW GIANTS WERE UPON THE EARTH IN THOSE DAYS" First edition of this history of Matteo Ricci and the early Jesuit missions to China, by an American Jesuit known for his advocacy of racial justice in the Church. Father Dunne's history of the missions during the Ming and Manchu dynasties of the 16th and 17th centuries were inspired by his interest in Chinese religious thought and language, developed during his sojourn as a missionary in China in the 1930s. The book is notable for its portraits of Ricci, Adam Schall von Bell, and Hsu Kuang-ch'i and Dunne's descriptions of the attempt of the missionaries to avoid the imposition of Western ways on the Chinese culture. Illustrated with double-paged maps of China on the endpapers and a frontispiece portrait, with a quote from the Old Testament: "Now giants were upon the earth in those days." (Genesis 6.4). This first British edition was published by Burns & Oates, Publishers to the Holy See. Printed in the United States by the University of Notre Dame Press. With a brief Foreword by Dunne, his dedication in Latin, and Approbations.