In this book, West and East truly meet, making something unique for both Western and Chinese readers alike.(Thierry Meynard, Sun Yat-sen University)
Matteo Ricci's On Friendship is one of the most remarkable works in Sino-Western history. Timothy Billings's translation brings to life this sixteenth-century fraternal love song to the Chinese literati with erudition and grace.(D. E. Mungello, Baylor University)
On Friendship is the perfect concatenation of supernal genius and brilliant scholarship. Matteo Ricci was Christianity's foundational and most effective voice in the late Ming dynasty, created the first scheme for the romanization of Chinese, introduced Western knowledge about science and government to the Middle Kingdom, and has a seemingly endless stream of other mind-boggling accomplishments to his credit. Timothy Billings possesses that rare blend of sinological expertise and Renaissance learning, enabling him to render Ricci's evocative classical Chinese maxims into elegant English and annotate them with extraordinary precision and clarity. The result is a beautiful book for the ages.(Victor Mair, University of Pennsylvania)
An exquisite example of cultural exchange between China and the "Far West."--This text refers to the Digital edition.