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Ceshi lüe 測食略. [Jap-Sin II, 40.2, II, 41.1, II, 41.2. BnF Chinois 4921. Théorie abrégée des éclipses]
AuthorSchall von Bell, Johann Adam 湯若望, 1592-1666
Bibliothèque nationale (France). Département des manuscrits
Pub. LocationTaibei Shi 台北市PublisherTaipei Ricci Institute 利氏學社
Date2009Phys. Desc.v.5, p. 247-316 ; 21.5 cm.
LocationHallway CasesCall NumberBX1665.A24 B526 2009 v. 5
Ceshi lüe 測食略 [JapSin II-40.2] / Schall von Bell, Adam 湯若望 ; Zhou Ziyu 周子愚, 16th/17th cent., Zhuo Erkang 卓爾康, 1570-1644.
In: 法國國家圖書館明清天主教文獻. Chinese Christian texts from the National Library of France, vol. 5. 27. Johann Adam Schall von Bell 湯若望. Ceshi lüe 測食略. [4921]
Full bibliographic citation see; Ad Dudink & Nicolas Standaert, Chinese Christian Texts Database (CCT-Database).
Available online at Gallica.

JapSin II, 40.2
Ceshi lüe 測食略.
By Tang Ruowang 湯若望 (Johann Adam Schall von Bell).
Two juan. Bamboo paper in one volume.

There is a label on the cover with the title of the book in Chinese. A note is attached to this book written by Louis Van Hée, S.J. (1873–1951), who tried to correct the Latin title given on the cover: “Error | Hic titulus debet aufferri et eius loco Calculandi eclipses | Summarium a p. Schall | L. v. H.”
There is a table of contents for both juan A and juan B. Folio 1r of both juan A and B give the title of the book and its author. Juan B gives in addition the names of those who had helped in polishing the Chinese style: Zhou Ziyu of Cishui and Zhuo Erkang of Wulin 慈水周子愚,武林卓爾康.
There are ten columns in each half folio with twenty characters in each column. The title of the book is given on the upper middle of the folio and the number of the juan and of the folio are given below the fish tail.
After the general remarks in juan A, there is a letter written by Schall to the Minister of Personnel, Li Song 李崧. This was a reply to the request of the minister, who was eager to see a book published on how to calculate eclipses of the moon. It reads:

復 | 大冢宰崧翁李老先生命測月食書 | 今歲仲春之望,據曆,月梭應食。望奉 | 命測算,造次呈 | 覽。猥蒙 | 軫念。孤旅候 | 命邸中,以所測說轉達春曹。隨蒙大宗伯林老先生差官至寓取稿,伏惟盛德弘仁,不遺遐遠,誠 | 上國之柔遠,而風慕義之極思也。第匆遽間,即以 | 所測原幅,輕褻于 | 當世大人之前,思之殊為悚慄。茲承 | 嚴命測算望不敢以所食分秒時刻一圖,漫爾塞 | 責。故忘其固陋,輒拾小邦之遺軌,述食理之梗 | 概,敬呈 | 台階,以塵 | 清目,或不即見笑于 | 大方也。於食之所以然 | 究其義理之所歸,則于天學七政,或不無少裨也。伏乞 | 台臺留神于若天齊政,而重茲學,更祈于 | 退食之暇,俯賜刪削,則遠人不勝拜惠之至 | 大西湯若望頓首具。

Cf. Courant 4921; Väth, p. 364, no. 10.
Source: Albert Chan, S.J., Chinese Books and Documents in the Jesuit Archives in Rome, p. 336.

JapSin II, 41.1
Ceshilüe 測食略.
By Tang Ruowang 湯若望 (Johann Adam Schall von Bell).
Two juan in two volumes (in our collection juan B is missing). Chinese bamboo paper. No date or date of publication.

The cover bears the title in ink: 測食,上 and a Latin inscription: “Eclipsium obser | vatio | a p. Adam Schall | S.J.”
This book is an incomplete duplicate of Jap-Sin II, 40.2.
Source: Albert Chan, S.J., Chinese Books and Documents in the Jesuit Archives in Rome, pp. 337-338.

JapSin II, 41.2
Ceshilüe 測食略.
By Tang Ruowang 湯若望 (Johann Adam Schall von Bell).
Two juan; Chinese bamboo paper in one volume. No date or place of publication.

There is a label with the title and with a Latin inscription: “Explicatur modus quo | fiunt eclipses solis et | lunae seu eas observandi | pars 1a et 2a | a p. Adam Schall, S. J.”
This book is the same as Jap-Sin II, 40.2; only this edition contains a preface (four folios), the last folio of which is missing. The letter of Schall to Li Song, the Minister of Personnel, also lacks the last folio.
Source: Albert Chan, S.J., Chinese Books and Documents in the Jesuit Archives in Rome, p. 338.
Subject(s)Eclipses--Calculation and prediction--China
Astronomy--China--History--Sources
Astronomy--China--History--Early works to 1800
Rec. TypeBook (Text in Collection)LanguageChinese 中文
CollectionRicci Institute LibraryRec. #14664
ISBN9789572984833LCCN2010402034OCLC495596744