CANCELLED Confucius Institute talk - The first Chinese books in London: the collection of Sir Hans Sloane
|Dates:||30 November 2011|
|Times:||12:30 - 13:30|
|What is it:||Lecture|
|How much:||Book on 0161 275 2648, free|
This talk has had to be cancelled, but we hope to reschedule it soon.
With Dr Frances Wood, Curator of Chinese Collections, The British Library. The collections of Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753), physician to Queen Anne and the man who introduced chocolate to a grateful British public, were used to found the British Museum. He collected everything from natural history specimens (stuffed alligators from his time in Jamaica) to fine editions of the Bible and his printed book collection included a fine range of Chinese books from the late Ming and early Qing periods. Many collectors of the time had single Chinese volumes as 'specimens' but Sloane's recently re-discovered Chinese collection ran from Buddhism and Confucianism through geography to literature and painting manuals, most collected for him in China by members of the East India Company who did not know a word of the language. Organised by The Confucius Institute.
Price: Book on 0161 275 2648, free
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