法國國家圖書館明清天主教文獻. Chinese Christian texts from the National Library of France, v.24.165. Ferdinand Verbiest 南懷仁. Jiaoyao xulun 教要序論 .|
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JapSin II, 47
Jiaoyao xulun 教要序論.
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 Latin inscription: “Futior explicatio et | probatio mysteriorum | fidei ad suscipiendum | baptismum | a p. Ferdin. Verbiest | S.J.”At the head of the book there is a preface by Han Lin 韓霖. This is in fact the preface written by Han for the Shengjiao xinzheng (cf. Jap-Sin I, 192). It is put here by mistake (cf. Courant 9676–III: Autre édition, renferment en plus une préface par Han Lin Yu kong [雨公] de Ho tong [河東], 1647).
Then follows a preface by Verbiest himself (two and one-half folios). Folio 3 of this preface contains a passage written by Lodovico Buglio, which actually is a passage from Buglio’s preface for juan 11 of the Chaoxingxue yao 超性學要 (Summa Theologiae) and is placed here by mistake (cf. Jap-Sin II, 7, ce 11, preface of Buglio, 1676). The table of contents consists of four and one-half folios.
Folio 1 gives the title of the book and the name of the author: 極西耶穌會士南懷仁述. The main text consists of sixty-seven folios with headings on the top margin of each folio. There are nine columns to 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 marked below the fish-tail.
According to Van Hée (quoted by Pfister, p. 352, no. 1) this book was incorporated in the Siku quanshu 四庫全書 for its simple, pure and logical style. There is no trace, however, of this book in the General Catalogue 四庫全書總目提要. Van Hée may have been mistaken.
The text was translated into Manchu, but this version was denounced in an imperial edict of 1805 (Wylie, p.177). Pfister, referring to Wylie p. 142, says: “Il a été aussi traduit et imprimé en coréen vers 1864” (p. 353 no. 1). Our edition of Wylie’s Notes does not give this. It was also translated into the Shanghai dialect under the title Fangyan jiaoyao xulun 方言教要序論. A French translation was published by Zikawei.
Cf. Hsü 1949, pp. 162–163; Courant 6972–6977 (6972–76 have the title 天主教要序論, while 6977 gives only 教要序論). Fang Hao gives a number of early editions of this book: 1677, 1799, 1848, 1867 (JWC 2:178). This book was reprinted in Zikawei (ed. 4a 1914, one volume, 106 pp.). Other editions were printed in Hsien-hsien (1932, one volume, ninety-six pages), in Hong Kong (1905, one volume, 120 pp.), in Yenchowfu, Shandong (ed. 3a. 1931, one volume, 116 pp.) and in Peiping (1931, one volume, fifty-one pages).
Source: Albert Chan, S.J., Chinese Books and Documents in the Jesuit Archives in Rome, pp. 350-351.