London: The Babylonian and Oriental Record, 1889?-1894. First Edition. Octavo; 258pp. A Very Good copy (assembled from Lacouperie's serial publication in The Babylonian and Oriental Record over a period of 5 years or so and hand-numbered; occasional marginal penciling) in later rose cloth; spine lettered in gold. Item #20476
It was Lacouperie's theory that the origins of Chinese civilization lay in Mesopotamia; it impressed the public but was criticised or dismissed by sinologists then and in following years. Lacouperie was a French orientalist, specialising in comparative philology. He published a number of books on early Asian and Middle-Eastern languages, initially in French and then in English. Lacouperie is best known for his studies of the Yi Ching and his argument, known as Sino-Babylonianism, that the important elements of ancient civilization in ancient China came from Mesopotamia and that there were resemblances between Chinese characters and Akkadian hieroglyphics. (wiki).