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thumb|First page of the chapter on Chinese language in Mendoza's book, in its original 1585 Spanish edition. According to Staunton, of the two characters shown on this page, the first (said to mean "heaven") is hard to identify, although he guesses that it might be �7� (a variant of 乾).<ref name=stauntonChars/> Modern Chinese translators of Mendoza's books suggest that 穹 may have been meant.<ref>�0�</ref>�1�(May it though be a combination of two characters, with the one on top being a 天, perhaps in [[seal script?). The second (said to mean "king") is a poorly written 皇.See footnotes to pp. 121–122 in the annotated 1853 English edition: The history of the great and mighty kingdom of China and the situation thereof]]
Juan González de Mendoza (1545 - 14 February 1618) was the author of the first Western history of China to publish Chinese characters for Western delectation. Published by him in 1586, Historia de las cosas más notables, ritos y costumbres del gran reyno de la China (The History of the Great and Mighty Kingdom of China and the Situation Thereof) is an account of observations several Spanish travelers in China. An English translation by Robert Parke appeared in 1588 and was reprinted by the Hakluyt Society in two volumes, edited by Sir George T. Staunton, Bart. (London, 1853–54).

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Uniform title: Historia de las cosas mas notables de la China. Italian
by González de Mendoza, Juan, 1545-1618
In Vinegia [i.e. London] : 1587. Per Andrea Muschio [i.e. J. Wolfe], [1587]
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Uniform title: Historia de las cosas mas notables de la China. Italian
by González de Mendoza, Juan, 1545-1618
In Vinegia [i.e. London] : 1587. Per Andrea Muschio [i.e. J. Wolfe], [1587]
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Uniform title: Historia de las cosas mas notables de la China. English. Selections
by González de Mendoza, Juan, 1545-1618
Imprinted at London : [By Thomas East] for Thomas Cadman, [1587]
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Uniform title: Historia de las cosas mas notables de la China. English
by González de Mendoza, Juan, 1545-1618
London : Printed by I. Wolfe for Edward White, and are to be sold at the little north doore of Paules, at the signe of the Gun, 1588
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Uniform title: Historia de las cosas mas notables de la China. English
by González de Mendoza, Juan, 1545-1618
London : Printed by I. Wolfe for Edward White, and are to be sold at the little north doore of Paules, at the signe of the Gun, 1588
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Uniform title: Historia de las cosas mas notables de la China. English. Selections
by González de Mendoza, Juan, 1545-1618
Imprinted at London : [By Thomas East] for Thomas Cadman, [1587]
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