74 leaves (including one folding leaf). 8vo, orig. printed wrappers, orig. stitching. Beijing: Hafo Yanjing xue she [Harvard Yenching University Library], January 1934.
First edition, Supplement No. 8 of the famous Harvard-Yenching Institute Sinological Index Series. “In Yenching University Library was found a manuscript, in eight fascicles, of a reference compilation of biographical notices of about eleven hundred painters under the Ch’ing dynasty. Internal evidence seemed to indicate that the unknown compiler worked during 1787-1795 by culling eight other compilations. Three of these do not appear in the usual bibliographies, and many of the painters they mentioned do not appear in subsequent compilations. A preface specifies these and other findings.”–Anon., “An Annotated, Partial List of the Publications of William Hung” in Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Vol. 24 (1962-63), no. 33.
Hung (1893-1980), Chinese historian and sinologist, was dean for many years at Yenching University and also taught at Harvard. He was instrumental in raising the standards of scholarship in the study of Chinese classical writings.
Fine copy, preserved in a hantao.
Item ID: 7815