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Kunyu tushuo 坤輿圖說. [BnF Mss. Chinois 1526]
AuthorVerbiest, Ferdinand 南懷仁, 1623-1688
Aleni, Giulio 艾儒略, 1582-1649
Pub. Location---Publisher---
Date1674Phys. Desc.dig.pdf. [2 juan : ill.]
LocationDigital ArchivesCall NumberHF408.C44 1674d
Kunyu tushuo 坤輿圖說 [上下卷] / Xiyang Nan Huairen zhuan 西洋南懷仁撰.
Dig.pdf local access [Kunyo Tushuo.pdf]
Online at: Gallica BnF.
Alt. ed. online at: Chinese Text Project.
Full bibliographic citation see: Ad Dudink & Nicolas Standaert, Chinese Christian Texts Database (CCT-Database).

" ... The same urge to impress the Chinese with Western achievements has prompted Ferdinand Verbiest to include in his Kunyu tushuo 坤輿圖說 (Illustrated Explanation of the Entire World, 1674), a whole series of such pictures derived from German, Flemish, and Dutch engravings: the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, exotic animals, a European galleon, and the Roman Collosseum." --Cf. Standaert, Handbook of Christianity in China, vol. 1, p. 810.

[Following from to Jap-Sin ed. partly applicable}:
Kunyu tushuo 坤輿圖說.
By Nan Huairen 南懷仁 (Ferdinand Verbiest).
Two juan. Bamboo paper, bound in one volume, European style. No date or place of publication.

The Latin inscription on the cover reads: “Geographia universalis | a p. Ferdin. Verbiest, S.J.”--[N/B. Jap-Sin ed. only]

There is a table of contents for each juan (juan A, two folios and juan B, ten folios). The preface by Giulio Aleni in juan B (folios 1–2) is taken from the Zhifang waiji 職方外紀 (cf. Jap-Sin II, 20).

Each half folio consists of nine columns with twenty characters in each column. Annotations are given in smaller types and in double lines. The heading of each subject is given on the top margin of the folio. Juan A consists of thirty-one folios (the folios 8, 9, and 10 are misplaced) and juan B of sixty-seven folios. The text contains eighteen illustrations. According to Pfister they come after juan A, but in fact they are found at the end of juan B, which agrees with the description given in the Siku tiyao.

This book is an explanation of the Kunyu quantu 坤輿全圖, a chart of the terrestrial globe, two great hemispheres, each measuring five feet in diameter. It was composed by Verbiest and published in 1674 (Kangxi 13). The Kunyu tushuo was published in the same year.

Cf. Wylie: “About half a century later [i.e., after Giulio Aleni], Ferdinand Verbiest published another small geographical work, entitled 坤輿圖說 K’wan yu t’oô shwo, agreeing in the main with Aleni’s, but containing further information on some points. An abstract of Verbiest’s work has been frequently published, under the title 職方外紀 K’wan yu wae ke, in which the principal part of the geographical matter is omitted, and everything of a strange and marvellous character retained” (pp. 58–59).

Cf. Pfister, p. 355, no. 14 and 15; JWC 2:178–9; Hsü 1949, pp. 318–320; Couplet, p. 42 (Explicatio mappae Cosmographicae majoris delineatae ex mandato Imperatoris, 2 vol.).
Source: Albert Chan, S.J., Chinese Books and Documents in the Jesuit Archives in Rome, p. 346.

Subject(s)Atlases, Chinese--Early works to 1800
Voyages and travels
Geography--Early works to 1800
Geographical myths
Jesuits--China--16th-18th centuries--Contributions in cartography
Jesuits--China--16th-18th centuries--Contributions in geography
Rec. TypeDigital Book (PDF)LanguageChinese 中文
CollectionRicci Institute LibraryRec. #17524