Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Upcoming Exhibition -- Leaves of enchantment, Bones of inspiration: The dawn of Chinese studies in Canada

Leaves of Enchantment, Bones of Inspiration -- The Dawn of Chinese studies in Canada

May 25,2010 - September 17, 2010

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, 130 St. George Street, Toronto

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library will set up a special exhibition in May to introduce the Chinese rare books collection of the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library.

The Mu Collection, a major and significant Chinese rare book collection in North America, contains about 2,300 titles and 40,000 volumes, spanning the period from the Song Dynasty (960-1279) to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). It originally belonged to the personal library of a Chinese scholar, Mu Xuexun (1880-1929). In 1933, it was purchased by the Canadian missionary, Bishop William Charles White (1873-1960) and then shipped to Toronto in 1935.

The exhibition will highlight the finest part of the collection with a broad coverage of subject areas. The long and rich history of Chinese writing and book culture will be illustrated vividly with artifacts from the ROM on display at the same exhibition.

This exhibition is curated by Stephen Qiao, China Studies Librarian, and the accompanying catalog is prepared by Stephen Qiao and George Zhao of the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library.

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