Tian wen yi qi zhi lue [A Short History of Astronomical Instruments]. Fuyuan CHANG.

The Beijing Observatory

Tian wen yi qi zhi lue [A Short History of Astronomical Instruments].

12 full-page illus. in the text. 42 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. blue wrappers, block-printed title printed on upper cover, new stitching. [Beijing]: Zhen qun guo yin shu ju, [1921?].

First edition of this historical account of the astronomical instruments constructed by the Jesuits in the 17th century at the emperor’s request for the Beijing observatory. There are 12 full-page illustrations of the instruments. Chang has also provided a history of the observatory.

Chang (1874-1939), a graduate of the Northern Naval College in Tianjin, was a student of Yan Fu (1854-1921), scholar and translator, who is most famous for introducing Western ideas, including Darwin’s “natural selection,” to China in the late 19th century. Chang was familiar with astronomy, calendar calculations, and mechanics. He became a leading historian of Chinese astronomy and astronomical instruments.

Fine copy.

Price: $950.00

Item ID: 7237

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