|vol. 5: 24. Niccolò Longobardo 龍華民. Dizhen jie 地震解. .|
In: Faguo guojia tushuguan Ming-Qing Tianzhujiao wenxian 法國國家圖書館明清天主教文獻. Chinese Christian texts from the National Library of France. Textes chrétiens chinois de la Bibliothèque nationale de France.
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Dizhen jie 地震解.
By Long Huamin 龍華民 (Niccolò Longobardo, 1565–1655).
One juan. Chinese bamboo paper in one volume. Reprint of Kangxi 18 (1679).
The cover bears the title (first character [地] wanting) and a Latin inscription: “De terrae motu | a p. Nic Longobardo | S.J.”The title page bears the title of the book and the name of the author. There is a preface by Longobardo. At the end of the book both the date of the first edition and that of the reprint are given: 1626 (天啟六年歲次丙寅五月夏至日) and 1679 (康熙十八年己未仲秋上浣重刻). At the bottom of the folio there is an emblem of the Society of Jesus.
There are eleven folios in the whole book. Each half folio has nineteen characters in each column. The upper middle of each folio bears the title of the book, with the number of the folio under the fish-tail.
In the preface Longobardo tells us that in 1624 (Tianqi 4) on a guyu 榖雨 day (a solar period, about 20 April–4 May) he paid a visit to Mr. Li Songyu 李崧毓. During the visit they talked about earthquakes. Soon afterwards Longobardo wrote a book on this subject. Two years later (1626) a great earthquake occurred in Peking and the surrounding provinces. People who were interested in this subject came to Longobardo for more knowledge; hence the book was published to satisfy the demands of his friends (cf. folio 11).
The Ming tongjian 明通鑑, juan 8 (Shanghai, 1959, vol. IV, p. 3085), states that in the sixth month of 1626 an earthquake occurred in Beijing, Tianjin, Xuanfu, Datong, Shandong, and Henan provinces.
Cf. Pfister, p. 65, no. 8; Hsü 1949, p. 280; Couplet, p. 8; Courant 5442; JWC 1:97–98.
Source: Albert Chan, S.J., Chinese Books and Documents in the Jesuit Archives in Rome, p. 163.