Cambridge Digital Library Chinese Works

Cambridge University Library acquired its first Chinese book in 1632 as part of the collection of the Duke of Buckingham, but the first substantial holdings of Chinese books came with the donation of 4,304 volumes by Sir Thomas Wade (1818-1895), first Professor of Chinese in the University from 1888 until his death. The Wade Collection, assembled during forty years' residence in China, including ten years as British Minister at Peking, is particularly strong in the areas of history, law and diplomacy, but also contains several rare and unique items, notably materials relating to the mid-19th century Taiping Rebellion, some of which are shown here...

The Chinese collections now comprise about half a million individual titles, including monographs, reprinted materials such as manuscripts from Dunhuang, Huizhou, etc., archival documents and epigraphical rubbings, 200,000 Chinese e-books (donated by Premier Wan Jiabao in 2009), 5,000 Chinese e-serials and 3,500 Chinese microfilm reels. Over 400,000 titles are included in some 2,000 cong shu. About 3,000 Chinese printed serial titles are held in Cambridge libraries.

The items displayed here show the temporal range, diversity of media and variety of subject-matter contained within the Chinese collections, from the oracle bones (the oldest documents in the Library), to unique manuscripts and printed books, historical documents and epigraphical rubbings.

Visit here for the University of Cambridge's digital Chinese collection. Learn more about it's collection here.