Chinese Books Collection


Chinese Books Collection


A total of 127 volumes of Chinese and China-related books printed between 1655 and 1912. The Report by the Keeper of the Advocates Library, dated 8 February 1911, includes the following information 'The Chinese books in the Library have been examined and catalogued by the Rev John Steele of Swatow, China, and have now been arranged and placed together in one of the presses in Room Z' (Advocates Library Faculty Records 126a).


Not yet catalogued, the collection is contained within Library pamphlet series 5 and 6. Shelfmarks 6.539-6.543 (35 volumes) are accompanied by a manuscript catalogue by the Rev John Steele, dated December 1910. These books have a label pasted into them reading 'Advocates' Library Chinese Books No.' There follows a handwritten number 1-34. The second set is placed at shelfmarks 5.1549-5.1552, 6.549-6.551 and 6.553-6.554 (92 volumes). These volumes do not have any labels but have slips inserted with a brief description.


Judging from some binding evidence and Advocates Library ex libris, it seems that these books arrived at various points in the Advocates Library's history and were eventually placed together due to their content. Many of the works seem to be missionary-related and it could be supposed that they were given to the Faculty of Advocates by returning missionaries. Shelfmarks 6.539-6.543 include four items 'presented to the Advocates' Library by the Rev John Ross, DD, 12 Marchhall Crescent, Edinburgh, thirty-nine years Missionary in Manchuria.'





Chinese literature