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Chinese Rare Books

TEAL Special Collections holds over 3,200 pre-1912 Chinese rare books, most from the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911). Search for them in the UW Libraries catalog or one of the resources listed below.


Union catalogs of Chinese rare books, including those in UW collections:

Wu Xianzi Papers

Wu Xianzi (伍憲子, 1881-1959) was a journalist and a follower of Kang Youwei (康有爲, 1858-1927). He was actively involved in major political groups in China and overseas Chinese during the late Qing to the Republican era. UW Libraries acquired this collection from Hong Kong in 1977. Consult this description for an overview of the collection, and this finding guide for a detailed inventory. 

Joseph Rock Collection

Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962), an Austrian American explorer, travelled to Southwest China from 1920s to 1940s. The University of Washington Libraries acquired more than 300 titles of his personal collection of Chinese Southwest region gazetteers in the 1950s.

裏塘志略 Litang zhilue
an 1810 Qing Jiaqing gazetteer

Hellmut Wilhelm Collection

Professor Hellmut Wilhelm (衛德明, 1905-1990), was an internationally acclaimed scholar of Chinese history, literature, and thought, who taught at the University of Washington from 1948 to 1971. Professor Wilhelm, son of German Sinologist Richard Wilhelm (1873-1930), sold his personal collection of more than 1300 Chinese titles to the University of Washington Libraries in 1957. His books dated from the middle of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) to the early Republican era (1912-1949) with subjects covering Chinese history, literature, and religion.

1715 Qing Kangxi edition of Yuzuan Zhouyi zhezhong 御纂周易折中

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