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Series I:  Bound and Unbound Books 1957-1959, undated

Series Scope and Content Summary

The bound books in this series include the Literary Criticism of Five Character Poems in three volumes (Chinese); The Cowherd and the Sky Maiden in picture book format (Chinese); a student dictionary for children, published by Shanghai Zhonghua Publishing House (Chinese); an unidentified volume in Chinese; a collection of famous Chinese poems from the Tang to Qing dynasties, and a presentation book from 1959, hand-bound in silk and brocade (Korean). Also included is a fragile book of hand-bound lined sheaves of paper (Pali or possibly Sanskrit). The unbound books in this series include two single-leaf books from 1957 telling the stories of Wo-Sung Who Fought the Tiger (one of the four Water Margin classics of Chinese literature) and The Romance of the Western Chamber. Also included is a very fragile collection of sheaves of palm leaves loosely held together by pieces of string.

Arrangement

This series is loosely arranged by format.
Box 1

Bound and Unbound Books 1957-1959, undated

 

Series II:  Scrolls, undated

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains three hand scrolls. Two scrolls show painted images of different types of arrows, complete with a diagrammatic breakdown of the various parts of the arrow. The third hand scroll is a print of the painting A City of Cathay (color and ink on silk; 35.6 com x 1152.8 cm), originally created by five court painters during the first year of Emperor Qianlong, Emperor of China (1711-1799) in the Qing dynasty.

Arrangement

This series is loosely arranged by format.
Box 2

Hand Scrolls, undated

 

Series III:  Ephemera, undated

Series Scope and Content Summary

The ephemera in this series include a medium sized printing block, an Asian folding fan with floral pattern, and a commemorative plaque presented by Minister Chu Hwei-Sen, Minister of Education, of the Republic of China. The plaque shows an engraving of a portrait of the Chinese philosopher Confucius created by Tang Dynasty artist Wu Daozi (680-740) along with a quote from the Confucian Analects, book XIV, chapter XXX: "The way of a man of excellence is threefold, but I am not equal to it. Virtuous, he is free from anxieties; wise, he is free from perplexities; courageous, he is free from fear."

Arrangement

This series is loosely arranged by format.
Box 3

Ephemera, undated