Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Sojourners in a Strange LandJesuits and Their Scientific Missions in Late Imperial China$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Florence C. Hsia

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226355597

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226355610.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use (for details see www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 19 December 2018

Reading Jesuit Voyages

Reading Jesuit Voyages

Chapter:
(p.77) Chapter Five Reading Jesuit Voyages
Source:
Sojourners in a Strange Land
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226355610.003.0005

Of the various audiences that the Voyage de Siam was meant to please, the book's royal dedicatee, at least, seems to have been well satisfied with its account of his newly commissioned mathématiciens du roi. Within a few months of its publication, a second cohort departed France under Guy Tachard's leadership. The opening pages of the Second voyage du pere Tachard et des jesuïtes envoyés par le roy, au royaume de Siam (1689) read like a reprise of the preparations for the 1685 expedition. Fourteen Jesuits were summoned to Paris, there to confer with members of the Académie des sciences in order to “render themselves more capable of making good observations.” For a sense of how differential distribution of the Académie's printed voyages affected responses to the Voyage de Siam, this chapter considers Christiaan Huygens's and Edmond Halley's respective reactions to the longitude of the Cape of Good Hope as concluded by Tachard and his confreres. Reader response to Tachard's publication was primarily mediated by the literary genre to which it so obviously belonged: the early modern European travelogue.

Keywords:   Voyage de Siam, France, Guy Tachard, Jesuits, Académie des sciences, voyages, travelogue, Christiaan Huygens, Edmond Halley, expedition

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.