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Biaodu shuo 表度說. [Jap-Sin II, 62]
AuthorDe Ursis, Sabatino 熊三拔, 1575–1620
Pub. Location---Publisher---
Date1965Phys. Desc.1 juan. (v.5, p.2523-2618)
LocationCase X, and Digital ArchivesCall NumberBX880.L5 1965x
In: [TXCH, vol. 5, pp. 2523-2618]
For full bibliographic and textual citation see: Ad Dudink & Nicolas Standaert, Chinese Christian Texts Database (CCT-Database).

JapSin II, 62
Biaodu shuo 表度說.
Transmitted orally by Xiong Sanba 熊三拔 (Sabatino de Ursis) and written down by Zhou Ziyu 周子愚 and Zhuo Erkang 卓爾康.
One juan. Bamboo paper in one ce with a paper case. No date or place of publication.

The cover bears a label with the title and a Latin inscription: “De Gnomonica | a p. Sabbathinus | de Ursis S.J.”
There is a preface (five and one-half folios) by Li Zhizao 李之藻 (Hangzhou). A second preface (three folios), dated 1614 (Wanli 42), by Zhou Ziyu of Cishui 慈水, at the end of which there are two wooden carved seals in cursive style: 古太史氏 and 周子愚印. Instead of the preface of Li Zhizao, Hsü Tsung-tse (1949, p. 283–284) reproduces the preface of Xiong Mingyu 熊明遇 (jinshi of 1601), which is not found in our copy.
Folio 1 gives the title, the author and collaborators (Zhou and Zhuo): 泰西熊三拔口授,慈水周子愚,武林卓爾康筆記. There are ten columns in each half folio with twenty-two characters to each column. The title of the book is given in the middle of each folio and the number of the folio below the fish-tail. The main text consists of forty folios, and contains tables and illustrations.
The book, which deals with the gnomon, is included in the Tianxue chuhan and was later copied into the Imperial Library, the Siku quanshu. Both the Huang-Qing jingjie 皇清經解 and the Chourenzhuan 疇人傳 make reference to it.

Cf. Pfister, p. 105, no. 3; Feng 1938, p. 125; Hsü 1949, pp. 281–284; SKTY 3:2180–2181; Courant 4903; Couplet, p. 13; DMB 2:1332.

Source: Albert Chan, S.J., Chinese Books and Documents in the Jesuit Archives in Rome, p. 368.

Subject(s)Astronomy--China--History--Sources
Astronomy--China--History--Early works to 1800
Gnomons
Mathematics--China--History--17th-18th centuries--Jesuit contributions
Mathematics--China--Early works to 1800
Mathematics, Chinese--Early works to 1800
Rec. TypeBook (Text in Collection)LanguageChinese 中文
CollectionRicci Institute LibraryRec. #14709