Menggu you mu ji [Record of Nomad Life in Mongolia].

16 juan in four vols. 8vo, cont. blue wrappers, orig. stitching. Shouyang: Qi shi, 1867.

First edition of one of the best histories of the Mongols to appear in the 19th century. This is the best known work of Zhang (1805-49), scholar and historian, who devoted most of his life to the study of northwestern frontier geography and Mongolian history. Our book, left incomplete upon the author’s early death, was completed and edited by his friend Qiutao He (1824-62).

“The first six fascicles of the book describe the tribes in Inner Mongolia…, the last ten that of Outer Mongolia…and the Dzunghars…The text is arranged according to the administrative banners and leagues. Each chapter begins with geography and history, before going on to customs and habits. The structure of the book is thus very consistent, and it provides very reliable information on all matters in the Mongol land. The author derived much information from older sources…The text does not only refer to contemporary affairs, but also gives information on the historical development of the Mongolian tribes, and is therefore a valuable supplement to the official dynastic histories.”–ChinaKnowledge.de.

Fine set, preserved in a hantao. Very rare; WorldCat lists only one copy.

❧ Endymion Wilkinson, Chinese History. A New Manual. Fourth Edition, p. 824.

Price: $4,500.00

Item ID: 7821

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