Andrea Bréard: Reconstructing Giovanni Vacca’s Collection in the Vatican Library

Bréard, Andrea (2023): “Reconstructing Giovanni Vacca’s Collection in the Vatican Library – A Window into Mathematical Books in China (1907–1908)”. The Vatican Library Review 2/1, pp. 53–74.

Publisher: Brill
E-ISSN: 2772-8641
Print ISSN: 2772-8633

Vacca's ex libris in a Chinese Yuan dynasty mathematical book

Vacca’s ex libris in his copy of Zhu Shijie’s 朱世傑 Introduction to Mathematical Learning 算學啟蒙, R. G. Oriente iii.1125(1)

This article reconstructs an important but specific portion of Giovanni Vacca’s personal library: his books related to mathematics in Chinese language. Collected during his stay in China from 1907 to 1908, they were donated to the Vatican Library after his death. The article combines detailed archival and bibliographic research with an analysis of handwritten annotations in mathematical books in the Library’s collection R. G. Oriente in order to identify which books were previously owned by Vacca. This not only allows us to contextualize his sojourn in China and understand better his intellectual interests in Chinese science and the way he read and translated Chinese mathematical texts, but it also contributes to a more detailed picture of the Chinese book market in the early twentieth century.


OpenEdition schlägt Ihnen vor, diesen Beitrag wie folgt zu zitieren:
Andrea Bréard (30. Juni 2023). Andrea Bréard: Reconstructing Giovanni Vacca’s Collection in the Vatican Library. Chinawissen vernetzt / Sinologia in rete / Savoirs sur la Chine en réseau. Abgerufen am 14. Juli 2024 von https://sinonet.hypotheses.org/1431


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