Special collections: old Manchu and Mongolian books

May 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

Old Manchu and Mongolian books

The East Asian Library in Leiden University has a collection of 40 old books and manuscripts in Manchu. Most of these were described in Professor Hartmut Walravens’ German 1986 catalogue of 35 Manchu books, which were published as “Mandjurische Bücher im Sinologisch Instituut, Leiden”. This collection originates mostly from seven 19th century scholars. We also have a small collection of old Mongolian books, comprising one calendar and four Christian items.

This collection also comprises 5 Mongolian books and 5 Imperial or Presidential Decrees for meritorious officials. Half of the Manchu books are linguistic works; there are also many translations of Chinese classics and fiction. Special works are the Manchu translation of the Jin Ping Mei and the admonitions of the Qianlong and Jiaqing emperors.


The East Asian Library has several special collections. For access to these special collections, please contact the reference desk. Here’s our complete list of special collections on China:

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