|Liyin 曆引. [Xinfa liyin 新法曆引. Jap-Sin II, 39.1]|
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JapSin II, 39.1
Xinfa liyin 新法曆引.
By Tang Ruowang 湯若望 (Johann Adam Schall von Bell).
One juan. Bamboo paper, one ce. No date or place of publication.
The cover has a label with the title: Liyin 曆引 and a Latin inscription: “Introductio ad astrono | micos calculos | a p. Adamo Schall.”Folio 1 gives the title of the book and the name of the author: 敕賜通微教師加二品通政使司掌欽天監印務事臣湯若望刪定.
There are nine columns in each half folio with twenty characters in each column. Annotations are given in smaller type and in double lines. The title of the book is given in the middle of each folio with the number of the folio below the fish tail.
This book is an introduction to the new calendar according to the Western method. It was part of the Chongzhen lishu 崇禎曆書, first published around 1634. From the official titles of Schall (see above, folio 1) it is clear that our edition must be of the Kangxi period or later. In 1653 Schall was given the title Tongxuan jiaoshi 通玄教師 by the Shunzhi emperor. After 1661 the character xuan 玄 was changed into wei 微 to avoid the personal name of the Kangxi emperor, Xuanye 玄曄. From then on, Schall’s title was Tongwei jiaoshi 通微教師.
Cf. Pfister, p. 180, no. 23; Couplet, pp. 21–22; Hsü 1949, p. 373; Väth, p. 363, no. 6; Courant 4953.
Source: Albert Chan, S.J., Chinese Books and Documents in the Jesuit Archives in Rome, p. 325.