Verbiest's Prints

In the exhibition we were able to present only a selection from Ferdinand Verbiest’s Xinzhi Yixiangtu. All 105 of the prints are available here. Click on a thumbnail for larger versions, or choose a group from the list of themes such as astronomy and mechanics.

Theme: Surveying [1]

Sighting devices, including an alidade and a rule. The instruments in the background are a trigometre (right), what could be a specialist surveying instrument or simply the back of an astrolabe (centre), and a triangular surveying instrument, possibly a beam compass (left).