Si ku mu lüe [Bibliographical Précis & Index to Siku quanshu].

Four vols. 8vo, orig. wrappers, orig. block-printed title labels on upper covers, orig. stitching. Hangzhou: 1929.

First edition of this bibliography and index of the contents of the Siku quanshu [Complete Library of the Four Treasuries], compiled in 1773-92. For a detailed account of the making of this massive work, “an anthology to end all anthologies, an authoritative compendium of everything worthwhile ever written in Chinese, regardless of genre, epoch, or length” (Mark C. Elliott, Emperor Qianlong. Son of Heaven, Man of the World, p. 118), see R. Kent Guy’s The Emperor’s Four Treasuries. Scholars and the State in the Late Ch’ien-lung Era (Harvard University Press, 1987).

Fine set, preserved in a hantao. Some pale dampstaining in Vol. I. Occasional foxing.

Price: $1,250.00

Item ID: 7828

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