Bibliographical notes on the early-Ming copy of the Zhouyi zhuanyi daquan at the Edinburgh University Library

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The earliest printed item in the collection of the Edinburgh University Library is an incomplete early-Ming copy of the Zhouyi zhuanyi daquan, dated 1440. Although it was acquired in 1628, its precise bibliographical details and wider significance have thus far remained obscure to most library users, and at present the volume does not have its own catalogue entry. In these notes, I provide a brief description of the volume and its early-Ming context, and I argue for the continued importance of such lesser-known imprints for our understanding of late-imperial Chinese cultural history.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-39
JournalJournal of the British Association for Chinese Studies
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014


  • China
  • Book history
  • Publishing
  • Ming dynasty


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