OBERVATOIRE DE PEKING / tiré du Pere le Comte

This engraving was published as plate VI in the Nouveau Mémoire sur l’État Présant de la Chine (Paris, 1696) written by Louis le Comte (1655-1729), a Jesuit who spent time in the Far East. It depicts the western-style instruments that were built under the direction of the Flemish Jesuit missionary, Ferdinand Verbiest. The signatures at bottom read “Boyet delin” and “Baquoy sculp” and “T. VI. No xx.”
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Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 7 in x 10 in; 17.78 cm x 25.4 cm
overall: 9 7/8 in x 14 1/4 in; 25.0825 cm x 36.195 cm
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Science & Mathematics
Prints from the Physical Sciences Collection
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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