Jingshi, An Anatomy of Lenses

This project shares Jingshi (鏡史, prefatory material from 1681) by Sun Yunqiu (孫雲球).  This text, mentioned in local gazetteers and the object of some speculation by historians of science, including Joseph Needham, was recently rediscovered in the Shanghai Library.  Jingshi contains substantial paratextual materials written by contemporary elite men, brief descriptions of lenses whose originating technology was European, and  woodblock illustrations.  This project transcribes and translates these materials as well as providing a forum for analytical commentary.

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Jingshi (鏡史)