Nieuhof, Johannes, 1618-1672 / An embassy from the East-India Company of the United Provinces, to the Grand Tartar Cham, emperor of China: delivered by their excellencies Peter de Goyer and Jacob de Keyzer, at his imperial city of Peking wherein the cities, towns, villages, ports, rivers, &c. in their passages from Canton to Peking are ingeniously described by John Nieuhoff; also an epistle of Father John Adams, their antagonist, concerning the whole negotiation; with an appendix of several remarks taken out of Father Athanasius Kircher; Englished and set forth with their several sculptures by John Ogilby
[Kircher appendix] Part. VI. Of the hieroglyphical characters of the Chineses., pp. 429-431 ff.
+29 ATHANASIUS KIRCHER'S A ntiquities of China, P AR,T. VI Of the Hierogly phical Charafters of the Chinefes. iere is no Nation fo barbarous, but they have fome Way to manifeft their Conceptions one to another; but above others, the Cbinefes have'the moft fignificant Chara&ers; the firft Inventor of which was Fobi, about three hundred years after the Flood, as their Re. cords fay,who form'd divers Figures drawn from Ani. mals, Birds,.Reptils, Fifhes, Herbage, Plants, Trees, and abundance of other things,: fo that according to the numerous variety of the Produ&s of Nature, and her feveral Refemblan. ces, fruh, and fo infinite were their Charaders; which though the modern Chinfes, taught by Experience, have re&ifi'd, yet at this day they have above eighty thoufand, the Study of which is the Apex of all their Learning ; but they arc ablewith ten thoufand to make out handfomly moft Exprefli0ns upon all occafions. -Yet thofe that wade farthefi into the Puzzles and Diffi- culties of fo long Leffons, and fo tedious a Science, are preferr'd to the higheft Offices and Dignities of Place, which feldom happens till they grow aged. The hardnefs of the Task arifeth from their having no Alphabet, 'Decli- nations, nor Conjugations, but every Cafe and Gender in Nouns, and every .Perfon and Tenfe in Verbs, with the like, have their feveral 'and diftin& R r r rr Chara"ers.
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