HUC, Evariste-Régis

HUC, Evariste-Régis. Caylus, Tarn-et-Garonne 1.8.1813 — Paris 31.3.1860. French Lazarist Missionary in China. When 24 joined the Vincentian order (C.M.) in Paris, 1838 ordained priest and arrived at China in 1839. Worked in Macao, Peking and Heishui near Mongolian border. Together with —> Gabet he travelled through Tibet in 1844-46, but were arrested in Lhasa and escorted to Canton, where Huc remained until 1852 Last years in Paris acting on behalf of the colonizing of Indochina. In Canton he wrote the famous account of his travels. In its time the book was a best seller.

Publications: a French version (from Manchu?) of the Sūtra in 42 Sections in JA 1849 was deemed by Féer to be “très défectueuse”.

with Gabet: Souvenirs d’un voyage dans la Tartarie, le Thibet et la Chine pendant les années 1844, 1845, et 1846. 1-2. P. 1850 and many edd. and translations (English 1851).

L’Empire Chinois, faisant suite à l’ouvrage intitulé: Souvenirs d’un voyage… P. 1854.

La Christianisme en Chine, en Tartarie et au Thibet. 1-4. P. 1857-58.

Sources: A. Vattier, D.O.L.F. 499f.; N.B.G. 25; La Grande Enc. 20; Wikipedia with picture and further references.

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