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European japanology at the end of the seventeenth century1

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 February 2009

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Attaining just a glimmer of an understanding of Chinese or Japanese in the seventeenth century required prodigious feats of imagination and the abandonment of widely-held convictions about the nature of language. Progress towards a rational and sophisticated understanding was held up by persuasive but fantastical theories to which lifetimes were devoted in vain. In their very different ways both languages were subversive of contemporary notions of language, and the conceptual frameworks for adequate descriptions had to be generated from scratch. The difficulties can scarcely be overestimated: the Chinese language was vigorously attacked in 1678 as the language of the devil on the ground that its pictographic nature would occasion a breach of the Second Commandment if the name of God were written, and the following year Leibniz drew up a list of questions concerning Chinese which ask, among other things, ‘whether the Chinese language was artificially constructed, or whether it has grown and changed by usage like other languages’. Japanese attracted less interest, but the difficulty of the two languages was legendary: in 1708 the Dutch scholar Adrian Reland (1676–1718), who published numerous works on Persian, Jewish and Islamic studies, wrote of the immense numbers of characters to be learnt by anybody who wished to know Chinese or Japanese, with awe at the thought that ‘a man's life would scarcely suffice to attain perfect knowledge of one language’.

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31 Gebhardt, Het Leven, II, 361. In the Algemeen Rijksarchief in The Hague there survives a letter (Aanwinsten Eerste Afdeling 1878) concerning the despatch of de Jager's papers to Holland in 1695, but a note on the back by P. A. Leupe, author of the articles cited in note 30 above, laments, ‘Found by me in the attic. Where have the important collections of Herbert de Jager gone?’ I am grateful to Dr. B. J. Slot for having drawn this letter to my attention and for having sent me a photocopy and transcription.

32 According to a letter written by Cuper, who had visited Witsen's house, to Pieter Valckenier (Koninklijke Bibliotheek Den Haag, 72.C.31/1709). I am indebted to Marion Peters for a transcription of this letter. A letter of Witsen to Cuper in 1713 says that de Jager ‘understood all oriental languages’: Gebhardt, , Het Leven, II, 361Google Scholar.

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39 Breynius, Jacobus, Exoticarum aliarumque minus cognitarum plantarum centuria prima (Danzig, 1678), 1113Google Scholar and ten Rhyne's appendix to this work, ‘Excerpta ex observationibus suis Japonicis physicis etc. de Fructice Thee’; Kaempfer acknowledged the value of ten Rhyne's observations, and made good some omissions, in History, Appendix, 120Google Scholar. Ten Rhyne published his observations on acupuncture and moxibustion in his work on gout, Dissertatio de arthritide (London, 1683)Google Scholar and as an appendix to Steven Blanckhaert's Verhandelinge van het podagra en vliegende jigt (Amsterdam, 1684; German translation published at Leipzig, 1690)Google Scholar. On the Dissertatio de arthritide, see Bowers, , 35–6Google Scholar, and G. T. Haneveld, ‘The introduction of acupuncture into Western Medicine: the influence of Japanese and Dutch physicians’, in Beukers, H. et al.,, Red-hair medicine: Dutch-Japanese medical relations (Amsterdam and Atlanta, 1991), 53–4Google ScholarPubMed and the works cited therein.

40 Kraft, Eva S., Andreas Cleyer: Tagebuch des Kontors zu Nagasaki auf der Insel Deshima, Bonner Zeitschrift für Japanologie, 6 (Bonn, 1985);Google Scholarvan der Pas, Peter W., ‘The earliest European descriptions of Japan's flora’, Janus, 61, 1974, 281–95Google ScholarPubMed. On the dispute with ten Rhyne, see Kraft, , Andreas Cleyer, 52–4, and Bowers, , 37–8. Some of Kaempfer's letters to Cleyer have survived from the years 1685–91 in British Library, Sloane MSS 3063 ff. 34b, 138a, 78a & 93bGoogle Scholar.

41 Beckmann, Johann, Litteratur der alteren Reisebeschreibungen, I (Gottingen, 1808), 691704Google Scholar. Meister, George, Der Orienlalisch-Indianische Kunst- und Lust-gärtner (Dresden, 1692)Google Scholar.

42 For discussion of the view that part of Kaempfer's history was in fact written by Camphuis, see Bailey, Bodart, ‘Kaempfer Restor'd’, 78Google Scholar, Stellingwerf, J., ‘De betekenis’, and Kiyoko, Ida, ‘Kenperu Nihonshi no mō hitori no chosha ni tsuite’, Shisō, December 1978, 82104Google Scholar. The first to make this claim was Haren, Onno Zwier van in Het leven van Joannes Camphuis (Zwolle, 1772)Google Scholar, a work which I have not been able to consult; there does appear to be some evidence to suggest that Camphuis gave Kaempfer help which was not acknowledged by the latter, but this issue has not yet been satisfactorily resolved.

43 I purchased this manuscript at a bookshop in Cambridge in 1988. Before that it had belonged to a doctor who in turn had purchased it at Probsthain's in London some time, he thought, in the 1970s.

44 Kaempfer himself mentions the purchase of local products in Kyoto on his way to and from Edo, : History, 549, 598Google Scholar.

45 See Ishikawa, Matsutarō (ed.), Nihon kyōkasho taikei, VII (Tokyo, 1970), 153–7Google Scholar, and Bekkan (1972), 120–26; Shidō, Bunko (ed.), (Edo jidai) Shorin shuppan shojaku mokuroku shūsei, 4 vols. (Tokyo, 1962–64), I, 51, 108, 150, 205, 220, 313; II, 50, 103, 184, 281; III, 37, 214;Google ScholarKokusho sōmokuroku, VI, 266; Kotenseki sōgō mokuroku, II, 199.

46 Doitsujin no mita Genroku jidai: Kenperu-ten, 9, 145–6;Google ScholarMeister, Georg, Der Orientalisch-Indianische Kunst- und Lust-gärtner, plate facing p. 36Google Scholar.

47 These questions will be considered in detail in a separate article. Suffice it to say here that the writer was almost certainly the Polish traveller and scholar Count Jan Potocki (1750–1815), who accompanied the German orientalist and polyglot Julius Klaproth (1783–1835) on the illfated Russian embassy to China in 1805–6 and at Irkutsk met Shinzō, a Japanese castaway who taught Japanese there and was baptized with the name Nicolas Kolotygin. It is not clear, however, how Potocki knew about the book's history and there is nothing to confirm his claim that Witsen himself had copied it.

48 Ebert, David Fridericus, Historiam Bibliothecae Templi Collegiati B. Mariae Dicati, p. xGoogle Scholar. On Müller's library and this catalogue, see E. KajdaŁski, ‘A search for Andreas Müller's Chinese manuscripts in Poland’.

49 Catalogus Librorum Sinicorum aliorumque praeterea rariorum, maximeque Manuscriptorum, Andreae Mülleri Greiffenhagii’, in Wilhelm Ernst, Tentzel (ed.), Monatliche Unterredungen einiger guten Freunde von allherhand Büchern …, [Vol. 9], March 1697, 186Google Scholar.

50 ibid., 189; A. Müller, ‘Er曶ffnungsrede’, Zeilschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft 35, 1881, XVI. The year 1684 is not impossibly early, for either ten Rhyne or Cleyer could have supplied Müller with the necessary information via Witsen.

51 Alphabeta ac Notae Diversarum Linguarum (Berlin, 1703)Google Scholar, ‘Syllabarium Japanicum’ (unpaginated). The quirky forms of some of the kana signs closely resemble each other in M and Müller's work and Müller appears to reproduce some of the errors in the roman transcriptions of some of the kana in Further, M., he describes this syllabary as ‘Syllabarium Japanicum e Ms. Meakensi’, and it seems likely that Meakensis is a Latin adjectival nonce-formation for Miyako: it does not appear in Graesse, Benedict and PlechPs Orbis Latinus (Braunschweig, 1972)Google Scholar.

52 Reland, Dissertationum Miscellanearum Pars Tertia, 109–14Google Scholar. On the glossary see Duyvendak, , ‘Early Chinese studies in Holland’, 321–4Google Scholar.

53 Kaempfer, , Amoenitatum Exoticarum Politico-Physico-Medicarum Fasicculi V (Lemgo, 1712), 767–9;Google Scholar this passage is no more than a part of the preface to Kaempfer's long account of the flora of Japan.

54 Blussé, Leonard, ‘Doctor at sea: Chou Mei-Yeh's voyage to the West (1710–11)’, 89Google Scholar.

55 Bodart Bailey, ‘Kaempfer Restor'd’, 1, 14.

56 Ramming, Martin, Reisen schiffbrütichiger Japaner im xvIII Jahrhundert (Berlin, 1931)Google Scholar.

57 Kraft, Eva, ‘Frühe chinesische Studien in Berlin’, Medizinhistorisches Journal, XI, 1976, 97Google Scholar.

58 See the letters in British Library Sloan MSS 2091, ff. 171–4. and in Valentini, Hisloriu Simplicium Reformata, 381–431 and 493–4; Breynius, Exoticarum, passim; Kaempfer, Amoenitatum, 466–505, 766–912.

59 British Museum, Sloane MSS 3064, f. 15.

60 This ‘Chinese book’ probably refers to an edition of the encyclopedia Kinmō zui, which Kaempfer, had acquired in the edition of 1688 (Bodart Bailey, ‘Kaempfer Restor'd’, 29)Google Scholar.

61 There is little in Kaempfer's, History concerning the Japanese writing system, except for plate 45 in vol. II, although there is rather more in his Amoenitatum, 767–9Google Scholar.

62 Properly a vocabulary or word-list, but it seems that de Jager had something specific in mind. A ‘Nomenclator Sinicus’ is included in Andreas Müller's Catalogus Librorum Sinicorum Bibliothecae Electorate Brandenburgicae, reproduced in Hüllle, Hermann, ‘Die Fortschritte der Ostasiatischen Sammlung’, Fünfzehn Jahre K曶nigliche und Staatsbibliothek (Berlin, 1921), 193Google Scholar. It should be noted that Chinese books could be acquired in Batavia, for Witsen mentions in his letters to Gijsbert Cuper having acquired a Chinese dictionary and other books from there: Gebhard, , Het Leven, n, 341, 362–3Google Scholar. They were, however, also available in Nagasaki, as Kaempfer himself mentions, and it must be supposed that they could be purchased by the Dutchmen at Nagasaki, either directly or through a Japanese assistant like that used by Kaempfer, : see Kaempfer, , History, I, 379;Google Scholar for records of the book trade between Japan and China, see Yōko, Nagazumi, Tōsen yushutsunyūhin sōryo ichiran 163–1833 nen (Tokyo, 1987), 96–9 and 348Google Scholar, and Osamu, Ōba, (Edo jidai ni okeru) Tōsen mochiwatashisho no kinkyū (Suita, 1967)Google Scholar.

63 Hai-pien (Haibian ) is the name of a genre of popular Chinese dictionaries or orthographical handbooks published in the Ming dynasty; although of very little scholarly value, they were well known in contemporary Europe. See Lundbaek, Knud, T. S. Bayer (1694–1738): Pioneer sinologist, Scandinavian Institute of Asian Studies Monograph Series, 54 (London and Malmo, 1986), 198–200, and The traditional history of the Chinese script, 29Google Scholar.

64 cf. Kaempfer, , History, I, 382–91 and plate 20Google Scholar.

65 Although the almanac might refer to a koyomi or a setsuyōshū, the following two items have no obvious equivalents in Japan and probably represent de Jager's extrapolation to Japan from European publishing practices.

66 Possibly Nihon ōdai ichiran (1663), but this was commonly published in seven volumes.

67 Not identified, but the ‘here’ indicates that he was a Batavia resident.

68 According to Breynius, Exoticarum, 11–13, ten Rhyne had sent to Europe a branch of arbor camphorifera japonica in 1674Google Scholar.

69 Kaempfer's observations on paper-making are contained in Amoenitatum, 466–78, and are translated in History, Appendix, 21–8Google Scholar.

70 The Dutch has ‘Namrak’: in Nagazumi Yōko, Tōsen, 388, ‘namrack’ is identified as black lacquer; in Kaempfer, Amoenitatum, 793, ‘Nam-Rack’ is described as ‘Vernice ignobiliore ex Siamo invecta’; and in Meister, Der Orientalisch-Indianische Kunst- und Lust-gärtner, 277, ‘Namrack’ is identified as a product bought by Japanese from the DutchGoogle Scholar.

71 cf. Kaempfer, , History, I, 114, and Amoenitatum, 792Google Scholar.

72 cf. Kaempfer, , History, II, appendix, 4652Google Scholar.

73 This is Joan Huydecoper (1625–1704). He was burgomaster of Amsterdam, a director of the VOC and a commissioner of the botanical garden at Amsterdam. See Elias, Johan E., De Vroedschap van Amsterdam, 1578–1795 (Amsterdam, 1963; reprint of Haarlem edition of 1903–5), I, 518Google Scholar.

74 This is probably a reference to bukan, regularly-issued handbooks giving details of the status, chief followers and insignia of bakufu officialdom and the daimyō. Cf. Kaempfer, , History, II, plates 30 and 32Google Scholar.

75 cf. Kaempfer, , History, I, 382 ffGoogle Scholar.

76 cf. Kaempfer, , History, I, 5881Google Scholar.

77 cf. Kaempfer, , History, II, plates 23–9Google Scholar.

78 cf. Kaempfer, , History, I, plate 19Google Scholar.

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