|Yutui jiyan 預推紀驗. [Jap-Sin II, 45a]|
|In: 耶穌會羅馬檔案館明清天主教文獻. Chinese Christian texts from the Roman Archives of the Society of Jesus, v.6.31. Yutui jiyan 預推紀驗 / Nan Huairen 南懷仁 (Ferdinand Verbiest).|
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JapSin II, 45a
Yutui jiyan 預推紀驗.
By Nan Huairen 南懷仁 (Ferdinand Verbiest).
One juan. Bamboo paper, bound in European style. No date or place of publication.
The cover bears a label with the Chinese title in ink and a Latin inscription: “Praedictiones temporis | pluvium, ventorum | et eiusmodi.” A note in Latin reads: “Haec scriptio non est Pris Verbiest.” Another note by Louis Van Hée reads: “Patris Verbiest: Observatio meteorologiae. Rarus.”The introduction (in three and one-half folios), written by Verbiest and entitled: Tianwen shiyong zhi xiaoyan 天文實用之效驗 (The efficacy of the practical use of astronomy) is dated 1682 (Kangxi 21).
There are nine columns in each half folio with twenty characters to each column. The title of the book is given in the middle of each folio with the number of the folio below the fish-tail. The whole book consists of twenty-two folios. Headings for each paragraph are given on the top margin.
Verbiest writes: “Here we try to give the results of the astronomical forecasting which the Imperial Observatory has already sent to His Majesty, from the eighth to the ninteenth year of the Kangxi reign [1669–1680], dividing it into eight sections per year, as the effective practice of astronomy and as a positive proof of the accuracy of our calendars . . .” 今將自康熙八年至十九年每歲八節，預推天象之效驗，開列於後，以為天文實用之效，及預測推曆法所為可準之實據焉 . . . (Yutui jiyan, folio 1). It is clear that this book is the result of astronomical experiments made in a period of eleven years.
Pfister (pp. 352–362) does not mention this book. It is found, however, in the addenda and corrigenda (p. 31*): “p. 354, ajouter . . . 預推紀驗 Yu tch’ouei ki yen, 1 k. -- Prédiction des phénomènes.» Ibid. [Cordier 1901], no. 359.”
Source: Albert Chan, S.J., Chinese Books and Documents in the Jesuit Archives in Rome, p. 349.