The Observatory at Pe-King


Mid-18th century view of the Beijing Ancient Observatory.

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Originally constructed in the mid-15th century, during the Qing Dynasty, the Ancient Observatory at Peking (Beijing today) is one of the oldest pre-telescopic observatories in the world. In operation for four and a half centuries, the scientific establishment used a variety of instruments, many of which can be seen in this engraved print.

Identified among them are a celestial globe, quadrant, sextant, azimuthal horizon, and a zodiacal sphere. Engraved in London by William Henry Toms for an English version of Prevost’s Histoire Générale des Voyages.

Map Details

Publication Date: c. 1750

Author: William Toms

Sheet Width (in): 16.70

Sheet Height (in): 13.60

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Scattered spotting in the margins and light creasing along original fold lines. Very good overall.


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