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Book Collecting In Jiangxi During The Song Dynasty

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This chapter on the practice of book collecting in the Gan River Basin - that is, Jiangnanxi and the western stretches of Jiangnandong circuits, or roughly the area of present-day Jiangxi Province - during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) will explore three questions about these conservers and transmitters of China's written culture: Who were these book collectors? How did they collect their books? And, what were they able to do with their books? The aim is to explore some of the implications of book collecting, especially at a time like the Song when individuals or their families began in increasing numbers to form private collections away from the Buddhist temple and eventually away from the court as well. The owners of Jiangxi's book collections were anxious also about the perpetuation of their families. The world of learning represented by Jiangxi's book collections in the Song differed noticeably from that of earlier dynasties.

Keywords: book collections; Buddhist temple; Jiangxi; Song; Song Dynasty



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