LMS – Fontes missionárias para história da China dos Qing

21 Apr 2009

London Missionary Society collection online
The National Library of Australia, Canberra, Australia

Supplied note:
“Newly digitized resources on late Qing China – I was excited to
learn this week that the London Missionary Society collection of
Chinese books at the National Library of Australia is now digitized
and accessible on the web through the Library’s catalogue. See [the
URL below]. There are 539 items listed – most or all of that
The collection is mostly of printed books collected by the LMS
missionaries in China in the late Qing period, including Christian
tracts and mission publications on scientific topics, but also many
non-mission books, some manuscript items, Taiping editions, and
Japanese editions of missionary publications in Chinese. Some of
these are very rare or possibly unique copies of the work in
question. Examples include the first edition of Hobson’s _Quanti
xinlun_ (Anatomy, 1851), which contains a different set of diagrams
than the version subsequently printed in Shanghai; the first edition
of Alexander Wylie and Li Shanlan’s _Tan tian_ (Astronomy, 1859),
also with different content and illustrations than the better-known
second edition, and many other examples.
For me this is thrilling news, and I expect it will be for other
researchers with related interests also. Congratulations to the
National Library of Australia for having the foresight to invest the
resources required to preserve these rare Chinese materials in
digital form, and for making them available to researchers all over
the world! […] Ryan Dunch, University of Alberta.”

“The London Missionary Society was founded in 1795 during the
evangelical revival as a non-denominational body dedicated to
spreading the Christian faith around the world. It was largely
associated with the Congregationalist movement in England and the
United States. The National Library [of Australia – ed.] has
developed extensive holdings of English language books and microforms
about its activities particularly as they relate to Australia, the
Pacific and Asia. – Andrew Gosling, ‘Religion and rebellion in China:
the London Missionary Society collection’, July 1998,
[http://www.nla.gov.au/asian/pub/aglms1.html] .”


Link reported by: Ryan Dunch (ryan.dunch–at–ualberta.ca), forwarded
by h-asia–at–h-net.msu.edu

Internet Archive (web.archive.org) [the site was not archived at the
time of this abstract]

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