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DU HALDE, Jean Baptiste - Observatoire de Peking.

DU HALDE, Jean Baptiste - Observatoire de Peking.
Observatoire de Peking. - DU HALDE, Jean Baptiste
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Title : Observatoire de Peking..
Map maker : DU HALDE, Jean Baptiste.
Date : Paris, GROSIER Jean-Baptiste, 1785.
Size : 10.8 x 14.7 inches. / 27.5 x 37.3 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :The observatory of Rizzi in Peking, in which there are very large instruments, an Equinoctial Sphere, a Celestial Globe, a Zodiacal Sphere, Azimuthal Horizona, Quadrant, and a Sextant.
This print is "mirrored/reversed". From Jean Baptiste Du Halde's "Description géographique, historique, chronologique, politique, et physique de l'Empire de la Chine et de la Tartarie chinoise".
This observatory was built during the Ming Dynasty (1442) to facilitate both astronomical purposes and seafaring navigation. It was refitted in the late 17th century by the Jesuits. Additional bronze instruments were supervised by Ferdinand Verbiest (1623-1688), a Flemish priest and a special advisor to the Qing court regarding the correction of the Chinese calendar. Tycho Brahe's Mechanica (1598) had a strong influence on Verbiest and hence the instruments were based on Brahe's designs.
Condition : A good and dark impression. Wide margins.

ID: 31187

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