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《中国图像》 China monumentis

 

基歇儿,《中国图像》

安特卫普: 1667年。

售价:7,500英镑

 

“塑造当今欧洲对中国的观念方面最有影响力的书之一”——罗闻达

 

基歇儿(又译契尔学)从耶稣会的其他成员那里搜集了自己的作品,撰写了本世纪最具影响力的关于中国的著作之一。他的主要目的是核实在西安发现的大秦景教流行中国碑的真实性,为此,他的著作中刊印了此碑的原有的中文和叙利亚文碑文,中文的罗马文拼写、拉丁文译本,以及他对中文和叙利亚文的阐释。此外,基歇儿还对中国和亚洲其他地区做了大量描述。例如,在一个“有关基督教在中国”的章节中,他他勾勒了所有古老的陆路路线,包括从阿格拉到北京的传教士格留伯和吴尔铎的路线,并对西藏做了描述。在他认为的偶像崇拜从近东传播到波斯,印度,最后到达东亚,基歇儿描述了中国,日本和印度的宗教。书中有几章是关于中国的政府、风俗、地理、动物、植物和机械艺术的,还有一篇非常有趣的关于中国语言的学术讨论。此书包括中文-拉丁语词典。基歇儿的这卷书包含了中国和莫卧儿王朝原件上拍摄的美丽图片,这些照片由格留伯于1664年带回到欧洲。尽管这本书不是基歇儿自己在中国亲身经历的作品,但它经常被后来的作家作为信息来源使用或引用。其中包含的一些信息,类似大秦景教流行中国碑的文字,罗斯对印度教的描述,格留伯对西藏的描述,在此前的印刷品中从未出现。(拉克)

 

初版本,对开本(32.5 x 21厘米),附加刻印书名页(阿姆斯特丹印刷),作者肖像,2张折叠地图,22幅全页插图及文内插图,书尾有2页广告,偶尔有污点或斑点,同时期牛皮纸装帧,稍有污点及褪色,书品基本属上乘。

 

 

KIRCHER, Athanasius.  China monumentis, qua sacris qua profanis, nec non variis naturae & artis spectaculis, aliarumque rerum memorabilium argumentis illustrata...  Antwerp, Meurs, 1667.                               

£7,500  [ref: 93169]

 

‘One of the most influential books in shaping the European conception of China in its day.’ (Löwendahl)

 

‘Gathering his work from other members of the Society [of Jesuits], Kircher wrote one of the century’s most influential treatises on China. His primary purpose was to establish the authenticity of the Nestorian monument discovered in Sian, and to that end he produced in print the original Chinese and Syriac inscriptions on the monument, the Chinese text in romanization, and finally a Latin translation and his explication of the Chinese and Syriac texts. In addition, Kircher included a sizeable description of China and other places in Asia. For example, in a section devoted to Christianity in China, he sketched all the old overland routes, including that of Grueber and d’Orville from Agra to Peking, as well as giving a description of Tibet. Following what he thought to be the spread of idolatry from the Near East to Persia, India, and finally to East Asia, Kircher described the religions of China, Japan, and India. There are several chapters on government, customs, geography, fauna, flora, and mechanical arts of China, and a very interesting scholarly discussion of the Chinese language. There is a long Chinese-Latin dictionary. Kircher’s volume contains several beautiful pictures taken from Chinese and Mughal originals, which Grueber had brought back to Europe with him in 1664. Although the book was not the product of Kircher’s own experience in China, it was frequently used or cited as a source of information by later writers. Some of the information contained in it, for example the text of the Nestorian monument, Roth’s description of Hindu religion, and Grueber’s description of Tibet, had not appeared in print before’ (Lach).

 

First edition, folio (32.5 x 21 cm), additional engraved title (with Amsterdam imprint), portrait of the author, 2 folding maps, 22 plates and illustrations within the text, 2pp. ad at end, occasional staining or spotting, contemporary vellum, stained, occasional light toning, generally a very good fresh copy.   Cordier, BS 26; Merrill 20 (Antwerpen 1667); de Backer-S. IV, 1064, 24; Lipperheide Le 3; Löwendahl 133.

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