The Librairie Française and the Manchu books at Capital Library, Beijing

The Librairie Française and the Manchu books at Capital Library, Beijing

Mårten Söderblom Saarela, Ph.D. Candidate, Princeton University As the former imperial capital, Beijing is home to many of the greatest collections of Manchu literature in China. Students of Qing history will all be familiar with the First Historical Archives and the almost-as-inaccessible National Palace Museum Library in the Forbidden City. The reportedly largest collection of Manchu books in Beijing, that of the National Library, will perhaps remain known to us currently in the grad school pipeline only through hearsay, since their...

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