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21 April 2009

London Missionary Society collection online


The Asian Studies WWW Monitor: Apr 2009, Vol. 16, No. 6 (296)
[The 15th anniversary: 21 Apr 1994 - 21 Apr 2009]
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 collection.
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] ."

URL http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Search/Home?filter[]=pi%3Anla.gen*&lookfor=London+Missionary+Society&type=all

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

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