八开(169 x 105毫米) 现代半小牛皮装帧，摩洛哥皮标签，大理石纹纸书封。大型可折叠刻版中国地图，标题红黑相间。有勘误表页，最后无空白页。内有藏书票。有几张书页因折角用作书签而有折痕并稍带灰尘，除此之外，品相甚佳。
第一版。书中提出颇有影响力的论述，认为汉语可能为原初语言。此书也是最早的一部深入探讨中国文化的英文书籍。建筑师约翰·韦伯是伊尼戈·琼斯的学生， 他认为诺亚可能与传说中的尧有一定联系。他认为早在圣经传说中巴别塔语言混乱之前，诺亚就已经从中退出，并在中国建造了方舟, 并将亚当所说的语言赠给中国，这种语言作为宫廷语言被沿用，并在韦伯时仍被使用。韦伯对中国文字的看法不仅受到塞梅多的影响，还受到耶稣耶稣会会士和密友阿萨纳修斯·基歇尔的影响。韦伯也受到了约翰·威尔金斯发表的关于人工语言的文章的启发，他认为威尔金斯有意或无意地把他的人工语言的想法建立在中文的基础上。这部著作比1687年出版的巴黎耶稣会版《论语》早了近20年。包含了罕见的中国折页地图，在其他副本中经常缺失。
One of the earliest books in English discussing Chinese culture
An Historical Essay Endeavoring a Probability That the Language Of the Empire of China is the Primitive Language.
London: for Nath. Brook, 1669
Octavo (169 x 105 mm). Modern half calf to style, morocco label, marbled sides. Large folding engraved map of China, title printed in red and black. With the errata leaf p3 at end but without final blank. Foxe Point bookplate. A couple of early leaves creased and dusty at upper outer corner where turned down as placemarkers, a very good copy.
First edition, an influential treatise proposing Chinese as the original language, and one of the earliest books in English discussing Chinese culture in any depth. The architect John Webb, a pupil of Inigo Jones, argued that Noah could be identified with the legendary king Yao; that he had withdrawn from the tribes whose languages were confounded at Babel long before that point in biblical history, and that he had built the Ark in China, landed it there, and bequeathed to China the language spoken by Adam, preserved to Webb's day in modern China as the language of the court. Webb's view of Chinese script was strongly influenced by not only Semedo but also the Jesuit polymath and hermeticist Athanasius Kircher. Webb was also inspired by John Wilkins's recent publication on artificial language, arguing that Wilkins, whether knowingly or not, had based the idea of his artificial language on Chinese. The work precedes by almost two decades the Paris Jesuit edition of Confucius, published in 1687, and includes the rare folding map of China, often lacking.