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.
'2(C HE R..'S Iefiription of Aerial Bodies, the Fillies ° in decribing of Vege- :onflellations, Points and Cir. :rent Arguments they exhibited in Order : But now- in flead of itriv'd, that they anfwer to the -c., The Emperor Fobi invent- ons, .v. And the fecond was wdmans Tools, and us'd in de- ire. The third fort were by the he Bird Frm Eiam. The fourth id Silk-worms, by the Empe- fixth mado up of the Claws of veath was the Work of the Er. lirds and Peacocks. The ninth enth fort was their Art of Me- The twelfth were Charaaers - h are tht Charfers of Ya Cban F-er y rP1()iPtP l, L1n 4yaij .ao, i A1 IUULLcIiLLIng t 41.. LtiI; .JZt A CIS kl.b LU Y - 4.1I. *CI . i fifteenth are compos'd of Fifhes. The fixteenth is a Compofition that now is neither read nor underftood. And thefe are the Charaders of the ancient Cbi- ne/es, very 'much like the E gyptian ieroglyphicks, bat ro adorn'd with fuch illuftrious Myfleries ; in making of which they did not ufe a Pen and Ink, but a Pencil, and rather Paint than Write. The Cbinefian Charaaers being fo numerous, theLanguage is wonderful equivocal, and oneword oftentimes, only by the diiferent Pronunciation, or placing of the Accent, may fignifie ten, or fometimes twenty various things, whereby it is rend red more difficult than polfibly can be imagin'd. The Mandorin Language is common to the Empire, and is the fame as the Language of Caflile in Spain, and the Tufcan in tal: TheCharacters are common unto the whole Enlpire of the Ciinefes, as alfo to Joapn, Coucbincbin4, Corea )
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