The Encyclopaedia Sinica - Samuel Couling 1917 - Kelly and Walsh, Shanghai - First Edition ‘Couling’s work, published in 1917, covered so much ground with such accuracy and consistency that it has become established as an essential tool for scholars wishing to understand how new China was seen and interpreted at the time.’

A fundamentally important book regarding China at the turn of the 20th century, Couling’s volume quickly became an invaluable resource for travellers, historians, and anthropologists seeking a basic knowledge of Chinese culture and international relations. Presented in an encyclopaedic format, the book contains a multitude of informative, yet easily digestible informative entries on everything from religion, agriculture, language, and history, to local myths and legends.
  Samuel Couling (1859-1922) was a Scottish Baptist missionary sent out to China with his new wife in 1886 to open a boys’ school in Quingzhou( Ch’ing-chou), Shandong Province. He became an accomplished sinologist who was one of the first Westerners to collect the earliest known forms pf Chinese writing, oracle bones, and who in 1917 published his Encyclopaedia Sinica, which became a standard English-language referebce work on China. He would later become the editor of the New China Review, as well as Honorary Secretary and Editor of the North-China Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society.

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Quarto (27 x 19.5). pp. viii 633 [3]. In publishers black cloth, spine lettered in gilt.
  Condition: Very good, light wear to spine ends, cloth split along front edge of spine, inner hinges starting, text clean.   Ref: 108894   Price: HK$ 1,500