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Written on bamboo and silk; the beginnings of Chinese books and inscriptions.

Author: Tsuen-hsuin Tsien
Publisher: Chicago; London : University of Chicago Press, 1962 ©1962
Series: University of Chicago studies in library science.
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Genre/Form: History
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Tsien, Tsuen-hsuin, 1910-2015.
Written on bamboo and silk.
[Chicago] University of Chicago Press [1962]
(OCoLC)824118260
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tsuen-hsuin Tsien
OCLC Number: 263255
Description: xiv, 233 pages illustrations, facsimiles 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction. The legacy of early Chinese records --
Communication with the spirits --
Government documents and archives --
Recorders, users, and custodians --
Private writings and collections --
Burning of books --
Restoration of ancient works --
Popularization of religious literature. Records on Bones and Shells. Origin and nature of bone and shell inscriptions --
Discovery and study of bone records --
Vocabulary and forms of the Shang writing --
Types of bone materials and methods of inscribing --
Content and arrangement of oracle inscriptions --
Non-oracle bone records --
Inscriptions on Metals and Clay. Nature and types of bronze inscriptions --
Styles and usage of bronze inscriptions --
Mirror inscriptions --
Numismatic inscriptions --
Inscriptions on seals and sealing clay --
Inscriptions on pottery vessels --
Inscriptions on bricks and tiles --
Engravings on Stone and Jade. Stone drums and monuments --
Stele, precipice, and grave inscriptions --
Confucian classics on stone --
Buddhist and Taoist writings on stone --
Inscriptions on Jade --
Origin and technique of inked squeezes --
Documents of Bamboo and Wood. Evolution of book materials --
Bamboo tablets of Warring States Period --
Wood tablets of the Han and Chin Dynasties --
Preparation of bamboo and wood for writing --
Size and forms of ancient tablets --
Columns and styles of writing --
Units and kinds of ancient books --
System of binding and sealing --
Silk as Writing Material. Origin of sericulture --
Date of the use of silk for writing --
Discoveries of brush writing on silk --
Silk documents from Ch'ang-sha --
Materials and format of silk rolls --
Special usefulness of silk documents --
Quasi-Paper and Paper Manuscripts. From silk to quasi-paper --
Invention of true paper --
Popularity and spread of paper --
Theories of western origin of paper --
Discoveries of early paper specimens --
Paper manuscripts from Tun-huang --
Methods of ancient papermaking --
Paper-dyeing, repair, and preservation --
System of paper rolls --
Tools and Vehicles of Writing. Development of the writing brush --
Forms of the brush-pen --
Origin of writing fluid and pigments --
Ink of lampblack --
Lacquer and mineral ink --
Materials and forms of ink-slabs --
Book-knife as eraser --
Conclusion. Types of writing materials --
Transmission of ancient literature --
Dates of inscriptions --
Development of the Chinese book --
Technology of writing and duplication --
Evolution of Chineses script --
Increase in vocabulary --
Order of the Chinese writing --
Factors underlying the development.
Series Title: University of Chicago studies in library science.

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