Item ID: 10061 Ketsutokukin no hi shakubun [Ch. Que te qin bei shi wen] 闕特勤碑釋文 [Explanations to the Text of the Kül-Tigin Inscription]. Yoshitake 鈴木吉武 SUZUKI, ed.

Ketsutokukin no hi shakubun [Ch. Que te qin bei shi wen] 闕特勤碑釋文 [Explanations to the Text of the Kül-Tigin Inscription].

13 folding leaves. 8vo, orig. wrappers, title-slip (a little defective), orig. stitching. Tokyo: Suzuki shi sankikuken 鈴木氏餐菊軒, 1935.

An edition of the Chinese text of the Kül-Tigin inscription along with related texts. The Kül-Tigin inscription is one of the Khöshöö Tsaidam or Orchon inscriptions, thus named after the location where they were found. These bilingual inscriptions are in ancient Turkic and classical Chinese. The stele with the inscription covered in our book was erected in 732 CE by Bilge qaγan (d. 734) to commemorate his brother Kül-Tigin. The stele was discovered in 1889.

In addition to the Chinese text of the stele, our book contains a note (ji 記) by Qing imperial clansman and bibliographer Sheng-yu 盛昱 (1850-1900), one by historian of Mongol rule Ke Shaomin 柯劭忞 (1850-1933), and one by antiquarian [Wang] Yirong [王]懿榮 (1845-1900). There is a colophon by Suzuki Yoshitake.

Our book is rare; WorldCat records only one copy in North America.

Nice copy.

Price: $350.00

Item ID: 10061