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Two Missionary Accounts of Southeast Asia in the Late Seventeenth Century: A Translation and Critical Edition of Guy Tachard’s Relation de Voyage aux Indes (1690–99) and Nicola Cima’s Relatione Distinta delli Regni di Siam, China, Tunchino, e Cocincina
edited and translated by Stefan Halikowski Smith
Arc Humanities Press, 2019
Cloth: 978-1-64189-318-3 | eISBN: 978-1-64189-319-0

This volume presents critical editions of two previously unpublished missionary accounts of Ayutthaya and the East Indies scene after the "National" Revolution of 1688 in Thailand: <i>Relation de Voyage aux Indes</i>, 1690-99, by Guy Tachard, a French Jesuit; and <i>Relatione Distinta delli Regni di Siam, China, Tunchino e Cocincina</i> (ca. 1707), by Nicola Cima, an Italian Augustinian. These interesting, substantial texts tell us a lot both about the Europeans who were writing them, and about Southeast Asia in a period when information was in much shorter supply than prior to 1688.

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