Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 10 (S.1.10)
Title: Globvs Coelestis Sinicvs Explicatvs
Date of Creation: Between 1699 and 1799
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Theophili (Gottlieb) Siegfried Bayer, Globvs Coelestis Sinicvs Explicatvs.
Globvs Coelestis Sinicvs [Aeri Incisvs].
Chinese and Latin - Autograph.
1. Chinese Star Map. (Copper plate engraving.)
2. Theophilus (Gottlieb) Siegfried Bayer's Translation and Explanation of the foregoing Map:
Begins - after a title-page occupying f. 3 recto - Globus Coelestis Sinicus | aeri incisus | anno primo Imperatoris Ium Chim | i.e. A.C. 1723. | Accedit mea huius Globi Coelestis interpretatio; and the engraved map attached medially to f. 4 recto - (f. 4 recto line 1): Globus Coelestis Sinicus | explicatus
Ends (f. 12 recto col. b, line 34): TO [in Chinese characters] to
Remarks: The leaves are formed of pairs of sheets of Russian foolscap paper pasted together medially and measuring 18 1/8 x 28¼, and are stitched into four quires of 6, 4, 4 and 2 leaves respectively. Ff. 1, 2, 3 verso, 4 recto, 5 verso, 12 verso-16 verso are blank.
The Star map exhibits the Northern and Southern Stellar Hemispheres; and, in the crosshatched border, the Sun with its spots, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn, while the lower margin contains in 53 vertical columns an enumeration of the stars indicated above. The title: HO'AM TAO ÇUM SIM T'U [in Chinese characters] = "Table of the Ecliptic and of all the Stars".
Inserted loose between ff. 3 and 4 is a large sheet, 25 x 18½, of coarse Chinese paper, folded and addressed: Prenobili, ac Clarissimo Domino Domino Theophilo Sigefrido | Bayero in Imperatoria Scientiarum Academia | Antiquitatum etc. Professori. | Petropoli.
A sheet of the same coarse paper as in front inserted loose between ff. 14 and 15 contains practically the same address.
For Theophilus (Gottlieb) Siegfried Bayer see V.6.7.
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Paper (Russian), 18 1/8 x 14 1/8, ff. 16, written by T.S. Bayer, in double cols. of about 36 lines, each about 17 x 6¼, ff. 4. 5. consist of a sheet of fine Chinese paper (18 1/8 x 26) on which is engraved the star map, which measures 15 7/8 x 24 3/4. Cent. XVIII.
Binding: Limp marbled-paper covers, binding and leaves loose. Cent. XVIII.
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Chinese
Material Type: Map
Notes: This manuscript has been exhibited on the following occasion: 'William Hunter, Book Collector', Glasgow University Library, Apr.-Sep. 1983.
Bibliography: Franz Babinger, Gottlieb Siegfried Bayer (1694-1738): ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der morgenländischen Studien im 17. Jahrhundert (München, 1915); Jack Baldwin, William Hunter, 1718-1783, book collector: catalogue of an exhibition (Glasgow, 1983), no. 63.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

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author: Theophilus Gottlieb Siegfried Bayer 1694-1738
Sinologist.
exhibition: William Hunter, Book Collector 1983
Exhibition, Glasgow University Library, 14 april-30 September 1983.
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