Item Details

Call Number: MS Hunter 226 (U.2.17)
Title: Life (?) and Portrait of Ts'ang Chieh
Date of Creation: Between 1731 and 1732
Level of Description: Item
Part of MS Hunter 1-658
Content: Unknown Author, Life (?) and Portrait of Ts'ang Chieh. [Chinese. Block-Print.]
Unknown Author's Life and Portrait of Ts'ang Chieh.
Remarks: Mr. Lionel Giles of the British Museum has kindly supplied the following information: This work represents a portrait of Ts'ang Chieh, the legendary inventor of writing.
The heading means: Do not throw away written paper. This is followed by an account of Ts'ang Chieh, who took the idea of a written language from the markings of birds' claws in the sand. The date is: 1732, in the reign of Yung Chêng.
[Frmerly R.3.3; R.3.21].
Cordier's description (Bibl. Sin. III, 1906-7, p. 1650) lacks most of this information
Physical Description: Bound volume.
Paper, 23½ x 12½, one sheet mounted, folded medially, forming two opposite pages, each 11½ x 10 7/8, the left-hand page with letterpress (?of the Life), the right-hand page a large portrait. Early Cent. XVIII. (1732).
Binding: Pasteboards, half-bound calf, marbled-paper sides
Access: Normal conditions
Language: Chinese
Material Type: Document
Bibliography: Henri Cordier, Bibliotheca Sinica, 3 (2e éd, Paris, 1906-7), p. 1650; John Young & P.H. Aitken, A catalogue of the manuscripts in the Library of the Hunterian Museum in the University of Glasgow (Glasgow, 1908), p. 491.
Accession Number: 2482
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Repository Code: GB 0247

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subject: Ts'ang Chieh
Legendary inventor of writing.
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