Davis, John Francis: THE POETRY OF THE CHINESE. Poeseos Sinicae Commentarii. London, 1870. vii, 88 pp. 4to cm. Cloth.
New and augmented edition. Printed at the office of the Flying Dragon Reporter. Third edition.
The first intelligent appraisal of Chinese poetry by an Englishman and a landmark publication. When the first edition appeared in 1834, sinology in the West was at a nascent stage. Davis particularly admired Chinese poetry for its lack of 'the monstrous verbiage of most other Asiatic productions.' The anthology is preceded by a scholarly and sympathetic essay on the subject. A
Cordier 1792; cf. Lust 1092; Morrison I:221.
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Was item 330 in printed List 189.
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