Löwendahl, Björn: CHINA ILLUSTRATA NOVA (TWO VOLUMES PLUS SUPPLEMENT). Sino-Western Relations, Conceptions of China, Cultural Influences and the Development of Sinology Disclosed in Western Printed Books 1477-1877. Hua Hin, 2008 & 2012. xlix, 264; 374 pp. A few colour and b/w plates. Supplement: xxiv, 207 pp. A number of colour text plates. 3 vols. 30x19 cm. Cloth.
The Lowendahl - von der Burg collection is a most important assemblage of Western books on China, written by sinologues, missionaries, travellers, merchants and other authors. The collection also includes works by Chinese authors translated and edited by Western scholars. The contents cover Chinese history, language, philosophy, religion, society, science, medicine, missionary work and the 'Chinese Rites' controversy, trade (incl. treaties with foreign powers), Hong Kong, foreign aggression, and travel accounts. The result of over twenty years collecting and research, this exhaustive two-volume work is a major addition to the reference works on early western books on China. Also of much importance for detailing the history of cross-cultural contact with China. Over 1500 books are described in detail, ranging from major works exclusively devoted to China through to those with brief mentions of the Middle Kingdom. In addition to the actual description of each book, there is ample comment on its importance and associated research. Arranged chronologically. Volume One covers the period 1477-1776 and Volume Two from 1777-1877. Together with the supplement volume listing an additional 300 or so works. Hard to find, particularly as a three-volume set.
Subjects: Reference Bibliography
Item 417 in List 203.
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