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Xichao ding'an 熙朝定案. [BAV Barb.Or. 132.3. Jap-Sin II, 67 II, II-67 III]
AuthorVerbiest, Ferdinand 南懷仁, 1623-1688
Pub. LocationTaibei Shi 台北市PublisherTaiwan xuesheng shuju 臺灣學生書局
Date1965Phys. Desc.p. 71-224 : ill. ; 21 cm.
LocationHallway CasesCall NumberBX880.T56 1965
Xichao ding'an 熙朝定案 / Nan Huairen 南懷仁.
In: Tianzhujiao dongchuan wenxian 天主教東傳文獻.

Xichao ding'an 熙朝定案 : "...3rd important collection, by 1684 3 juan....started in the early 1670's [for] the purpose of defending the "restored" Western astronomy (April 1669 Verbiest had replaced Yang Guangxian as head of the Astronomical Bureau) by publishing official documents (ding'an) which tell the story of its restoration [and] victories over subsequent attacks on the validity of Western astronomy....by concentrating on the role of Verbiest as a loyal and esteemed servant of the Emperor, Xichao ding'an was meant as an apology for Christianity itself..." ; Xichao ding'an was printed in several parts dating before 1672....pp. 71-224 reproduces BAV Barb.Or. 132.3 (1668-1673). Xichao ding'an apparently constituted one of the main sources for Zhengjiao fengbao 正教奉褒 : p. 132-134."--Cf. Standaert, Handbook of Christianity in China, vol. 1.

JapSin II, 67 II
Xichao dingan 熙朝定案.
Three ce, in a paper case. Yellow bamboo paper (ce 1 and without division into juan 3) and white paper (ce 2). Ce 2 and 3 are the same, but to ce 3 five documents have been added.

The covers of ce 2 and 3 are rebound with new covers and bear no inscriptions. Ce 1 bears on the cover the title written in ink and a Latin inscription: “Decreta Imperatoris in favorem Mathematicae et PP. Pekinensium.”

Ce 1 has a table of contents in three and one-half folios. In the middle of each folio the title of the book is given and below the fish-tail the number of the folio.
These books contain memorials concerning the Imperial Observatory, dating from the seventh to the fifteenth year of the Kangxi reign (1669–1676).
Ce 1 deals quite fully with the persecution of Yang Guangxian 楊光先 and with Wu Mingxuan 吳明烜 and his Mohammedan calendar. At the end of the book there is a written message offered to the deceased Schall recognizing his innocence and at the same time restoring his former ranks. There is also an imperial decree granting to Schall the title of Tongwei jiaoshi 通微教師 (Religious Teacher Who Comprehends the Mysterious).
The folios 46v–52v of ce 2 contain the memorials of Duihana 對哈納 and other ministers (cf. Jap-Sin II, 42). These can be found also in Jap-Sin II, 67 2a 熙朝特典, document 6, folios 1r–16r. Again, the folios 53r–55r 史部題疏 can also be found in Jap-Sin II, 67 2a, document 7, folios 17r–19r. The memorial of Verbiest in folios 61r–64r appears also in Jap-Sin II, 67 2a, document 4, folios 6r–9r. Folio 33, another of Verbiest’s memorials, appears also in Jap-Sin II, 67 2a, document 2, folio 4. Finally, folios 34r–36r 內務府滿官傅旨 can also be found in Jap-Sin II, 67 2a, document 1, folios 1r–3r.
The documents added to ce 3 are: Xinzhi lingtai yixiangzhi tigao 新製靈臺儀象誌題稿 (five folios) and Xichao dingan tigao 熙朝定案題稿 (four documents, altogether thirteen folios).

Source: Albert Chan, S.J., Chinese Books and Documents in the Jesuit Archives in Rome, p. 379.

JapSin II, 67 III
Xichao dingan 熙朝定案.
No division of juan, one ce, without division into juan; bamboo paper with a paper case.

The cover bears the title written in ink.
In the middle of each folio the title of the book is given and below the fish-tail the number of the folio. The text consists of forty-six folios and starts with the folios 166–199 (containing ten documents). After folio 199 there are four more documents, the folios of which are numbered separately: 1–8 (document 11) and 1–4 (document 12–14). The fourteen documents are:

1. 恭紀驗砲綸音盛典,康熙二十一年南懷仁述. A description, composed by Verbiest in 1682, of the testing of the new cannon. Folios 166r–171r.

2. 康熙十九年十一月十六日南懷仁進呈砲式奏章. A memorial presented by Verbiest, dated 5 January 1681, presenting different types of cannons. Folios 172r–174v.

3. 康熙二十年二月十一日工部題稿論進呈砲式事. A memorial presented by the Ministry, dated 30 March 1681, presenting different types of cannons. Folios 175r–178v.

4. 康熙二十一年正月二十七日南懷仁奏論進呈神威砲圖書. A memorial presented by Verbiest, dated 5 March 1682, presenting the plan of the Shenwei cannon. Folios 179r–182v.

5. 康熙二十一年四月初十日史部題章論進呈神威砲圖書事. A memorial from the Ministry of Personnel, presented on 16 May 1682, dealing with the plan of the Shenwei cannon. Folios 183r–184r.

6. 康熙二十一年七月二十九日南懷仁奏論推定盛京本地交食之法. On 31 August 1682, Verbiest presented a memorial on how to determine eclipses in Liaodong province. Folios 185r–187v.

7. 康熙二十一年八月二十五日禮部題稿論推定盛京交食之法事. On 26 September 1682, the Ministry of Rites presented a memorial on how to determine eclipses in Liaodong province. Folios 188r–189r.

8. 禮部題稿論推定盛京本地交食之法. A memorial presented by the Ministry of Rites on how to determine eclipses in Liaodong province. Folio 190.

9. 康熙二十二年八月二十日南懷仁奏論進呈砲式事. A memorial presented by Verbiest, dated 10 October 1683, on different types of cannons presented. Folios 191r–195v.

10. 康熙二十二年八月二十六日南懷仁奏進呈窮理學書. A memorial presented by Verbiest, dated 16 October 1683, presenting books on philosophy. Folios 196r–199v.

11. 康熙二十五年三月二十九日工部奏論北京街道牌樓改正事. A memorial presented by the Ministry of Works, dated 21 April 1686, on the modification of the streets and the celebration arches. Folios 1r–8r.

12. 康熙二十五年七月二十八日侍衛趙昌傅帶旨諭南懷仁論製砲事. On 15 September 1686, the imperial Body Guard of the Kangxi emperor, Zhao Chang, communicated an imperial decree to Verbiest on the manufacture of cannons. Folios 1r–2v.

13. 康熙二十五年十月二十日南懷仁奉旨往海子測新開河道事. Verbiest left for Haizi on 5 December 1686, by imperial order, to survey the newly finished canal. Folio 3.

14. 康熙二十六年二月十六日旨命南懷仁鑄砲事. On 28 March 1687, by imperial decree, Verbiest was told to cast cannons. Folio 4r.

The last two folios consist of illustrations of different types of cannons.

Source: Albert Chan, S.J., Chinese Books and Documents in the Jesuit Archives in Rome, pp. 379-381.

For full information see: Ad Dudink & Nicolas Standaert, Chinese Christian Texts Database (CCT-Database) (http://www.arts.kuleuven.be/sinology/cct)

Subject(s)Jesuits--China--Qing dynasty, 1644-1911--Contributions in astronomy
Astronomy--China--History--Early works to 1800
Astronomy--China--Western influence
Rec. TypeBook (Text in Collection)LanguageChinese 中文
CollectionBibl. Sinensis Soc. IesuRec. #11920
LCCNc67-380OCLC18692021