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Special collections: Van Gulik collection

Van Gulik Collection

the Lore of the Chinese luteThe Van Gulik Collection consists mostly of books from the personal library of Robert Hans van Gulik 高羅佩 (1910-1967), Dutch sinologist, diplomat and writer of detective stories.

Van Gulik’s collection is best known for its ancient Chinese novels, literature, and books on art and music (qin), and for its special publications like Japanese blockprints of Chinese works, studies on China and Japan, and a collection of congshu, Chinese ‘collected works’ or collectanea. (more…)


May 30, 2014 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

Special collections: old Manchu and Mongolian books

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. (more…)

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

Special collections: KNAG collection

KNAG Collection

TThe KNAG Collection is a collection of works in Chinese, originally belonging to the Royal Dutch Geographical Society (Koninklijk Nederlands Aardrijkskundig Genootschap). This society, established in 1873, became an active scientific society during the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries, stimulating organized geographic research on the Dutch Colonies.

The collection consists of 250 works in these main categories: Chinese Classics and philosophers (25), history (5), geography (4), Imperial edicts (6), Buddhism and Taoism (13), Christianity (54), law (15), language and writing (9), schoolbooks (16), novels (33), medicine (9), encyclopedias (9) and journals (6). The number of novels is rather large (33), and there is only one book of Chinese poetry. (more…)

May 29, 2012 at 12:38 pm Leave a comment

Special collections: Gützlaff Collection

Gützlaff Collection

The Gützlaff Collection consists of 109 Chinese Protestant works from before roughly 1855. Together with the KNAG Collection, which is also located inside the East Asian Library, the Gützlaff Collection contains a substantial and representative part of the publication activities of Protestant missionaries in China in the early 19th century.

Besides being one of the largest collections of Gützlaff’s works in Chinese, the collection also contains samples of the earliest Chinese journals ever printed, mostly containing information about the West. The majority of the works were originally kept in the Nederlands Zendeling Genootschap (Netherlands Missionary Society) and the Nederlands Bijbel Genootschap (Netherlands Bible Society), and were aquired by the library in 1980. (more…)

April 25, 2012 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

Special collections: Hulsewé collection

Hulsewé Collection

This collection contains the sinological library of Prof. Dr. A.F.P. Hulsewé (1910-1993), professor of Chinese in Leiden from 1956 to 1975. The majority of these works represent the special interests of Prof. Hulsewé’s: ancient Chinese law (Qin, Han and Tang law), the history and archaeology of the Han dynasty, and the early history of the Western regions (Xinjiang).
The works of the Hulsewe collection are numbered Huls 1-241, and can be searched through the library catalogue. (more…)

April 24, 2012 at 2:43 pm Leave a comment

Special collections: Art and material culture

Art and material culture

With financial aid from the Hulsewé-Wazniewski-Stichting (HWS, Hulsewé-Wazniewski Foundation), the Stichting Visuele Presentatie van de Chinese Geschiedenis (Foundation for the Visual Representation of Chinese History) of the late Prof. Eric Zürcher and the Faculty of Humanities (previously Faculty of Arts), the East Asian Library acquired a large collection of books on art and material culture.

(Part of ) this extensive collection is accessible in a specially created Art Room or Kunstkamer, which also has a scanner. If you are interested in this collection, or in using the art room or the other art books, please go to the East Asian Library main desk. (more…)

April 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm Leave a comment

Special collections: local gazetteers 地方志

Local gazetteers 地方志

The East Asian Library has a growing collection of 地方志, local gazetteers (local histories), of the Song, Yuan, Ming, Qing dynasties (960-1911) and the Republican period (1911-1949).
These gazetteers are kept in the normal stacks and more than 2000 of them can be found through the online catalogue with the search term 地方志.

The older gazetteers, which have traditional Chinese binding, can not yet be searched online: find them through the card catalogue in the Green Room in de East Asian Library. (more…)

April 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm Leave a comment

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