Matteo Ricci's Scientific Contribution to China (1st Edition). Henri Bernard.

Matteo Ricci's Scientific Contribution to China (1st Edition)
Translated by Edward Chambers Werner

Henri Vetch. 5.5 x 8.5", b/w frontispiece, 108 pp., 5 b/w illustrations, footnotes, bibliography, index, cloth, Peiping, 1935. (o.p.; gilt lettering on spine, residue tape marks on endpapers, browning, text vg). Item #40198

Among the promoters of the great scientific movement which started in the 16th century in Europe was the German Jesuit, Christopher Clavius, professor of mathematics and astronomy at the Colleglo Romano, and ardent advocate of calendar reform.

To his pupil Matteo Ricci, China owes its knowledge of the scientific advance of that tiem. In the great collection of scientific books of the 16th and 17th centuries which formed the library of the old Jesuits of China, now kept in the Peit'ang in Peiping, may be seen today the works of Clavius. One of these precious volumes carries an inscription from the author to his illustrious pupil.

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