Plan de Nankin 江甯府城圖. Par Le P. Louis Gaillard S.J.
- Author: GAILLARD, Père Louis
- Publication place: Chang-hai [Shanghai]
- Publisher: Imprimerie de la Mission Catholique
- Publication date: December 1898.
- Physical description: Coloured lithograph plan of Nanjing, Chinese printed in red, French printed in black.
- Dimensions: 1080 by 820mm. (42.5 by 32.25 inches).
- Inventory reference: 15225
The map is included in Nankin d’alors et d’aujourd’hui, no.16 of the “Variétés sinologiques”, a French-language sinological book series published by the leader of the French Jesuits Henri Havret (1848–1902). The series has 66 volumes, produced in Shanghai between 1892 and 1938 by the Imprimerie de la mission catholique de l’orphelinat de T’ou-Sè-Wè (printing house of the T’ou-Sè-Wè orphanage). T’ou-Sè-Wè [Tushanwan] orphanage, also a vocational school and a printing house, was built in 1864 by the French Jesuits in Shanghai Xujiahui district, and closed in 1960, lasting nearly a century. The production of the series saw through the first Sino-Japanese War (1894–1895) and halted at the beginning of the second (1937–1945). The series resumed under the title “New Series” (N.S.) starting from vol. 67 (1982) under the auspices of the Ricci Institute.
Père Louis Gaillard (1850–1900) was a nineteenth century French sinologist and Jesuit missionary who studied notably in Nankin, Shandong (Yantai), Guangdong (Pearl River) in China. Gaillard’s other publications related to China include: Études d’art chinois: Le dessin en Chine. Nankin, (1889); No. 18 Nankin d’alors et d’aujourd’hui, Variétés Sinologique, (1901); and No. 3 Croix et swastika en Chine, Variétés Sinologique, (1893). The last paragraph of the preface of Croix et swastika en Chine speaks for their intention in China:
“Nous nous bornons rigoureusement aux recherches d’archéologie, d’art et d’histoire, protestant par avance que nous adhérons de tout coeur au plus pur enseignement de l’Eglise.”
[We strictly limit ourselves to the researches of archeology, art and history, protesting in advance that we adhere wholeheartedly to the purest teaching of the Church.]
Rare. We are only able to trace two institutional examples: the National Library of Australia, and the Stanford University Libraries.