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Wang zhan bian 妄占辯. [BnF 4998. Jap-Sin II, 45.2]
AuthorVerbiest, Ferdinand 南懷仁, 1623-1688
Pub. Location---Publisher---
Date2009Phys. Desc.v.16, p. 337-375
LocationHallway CasesCall NumberBX1665.A24 B526 2009 v.16
In: 法國國家圖書館明清天主教文獻. Chinese Christian texts from the National Library of France, v.16.99 Ferdinand Verbiest 南懷仁. Wang zhan bian 妄占辯 [4998].
Full textual citation see: Ad Dudink & Nicolas Standaert, Chinese Christian Texts Database (CCT-Database).

JapSin II, 45.2
Wangzhanbian 妄占辯.
By Nan Huairen 南懷仁 (Ferdinand Verbiest).
One juan. Bamboo paper. Dayuantang 大原堂 edition, Guangdong, 1669.

The Latin title given on the cover reads: “Refutatio persecuto | ris Yam Quam sien | circa vanas | observa | tiones et divinationes | a p. Ferdin. Verbiest | S.J.”
The table of contents consists of two folios. On the top of folio 1 the title of the book is given and below the name of the publisher: 粵東大原堂重梓 (blocks remade by the Dayuantang of Guangdong). There are nine columns in each half folio with twenty characters in each column. There are subject headings on the top margin. The title of the book is given in the middle of each folio and the number of the folio below the fish-tail. At the end of the book the date of publication (1669, fifth month, i.e., 30 May – 27 June) and the name of the author are given: 康熙八年己酉仲夏上浣治理曆法遠西南懷仁識. The main text consists of nineteen folios.
This book was written to refute Yang Guangxian, who had tried to employ astronomy as a means for divination by lot.

Cf. Courant 4998–5001 (Discussion contre les sorts).
Source: Albert Chan, S.J., Chinese Books and Documents in the Jesuit Archives in Rome, pp. 347-348.

Subject(s)Divination--China--History and criticism--Jesuit authors--Early works to 1800
Yang Guangxian 楊光先, 1597-1669--Criticism and interpretation
Catholic Church--China--Apologetic works--Qing dynasty, 1644-1911--Sources
Astronomy--China--Western influence
Rec. TypeBook (Text in Collection)LanguageChinese 中文
CollectionRicci Institute LibraryRec. #14676