Giles, Herbert A: A CHINESE-ENGLISH DICTIONARY. Shanghai, 1912. xviii, 1711, 84 pp. 33x28 cm. Original half-leather.
The standard dictionary for scholarly use, exemplifying the Wade-Giles system of romanization, used by subsequent generations of students of Chinese and lexicographers until the rise of pinyin. Second, and best, edition. Giles states on a frontpaper: '... this dictionary is sympathetically offered in the hope that it may lighten the burden of what must always be a toilsome task.' There is nothing light about this work. A huge and weighty volume, amazingly well-constructed and a true monument, in all senses, to Chinese studies in the West. A true period piece. Some rubbing to the top and bottom of the spine and some deterioration of the glassine cover over the original covers. Otherwise, a fine and firm copy. Hucker 87; Mathias 37.
Available, as of: 26/04/2018
Was item 355 in printed List 189.
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