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Dutch Sinology and Brill

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In 1875, E.J. Brill's company printed Gustave Schlegel's 929-page Uranographie chinoise, ou preuves directes que l'astronomie primitive est originaire de la Chine.This massive work was typeset using the new "Chinese letter" matrices, which had been purchased by the Dutch Ministry of Colonial Affairs in 1858. A lasting memory of the earliest days of collaboration between the Leiden sinologists and Brill is the journal T'oung Pao.The venerable T'oung Pao has since developed into what is still seen as one of the most prestigious journals in sinology. Attention to non-Chinese parts of the Far East has been shed in the course of its long and somewhat tortuous history, including a second start at the beginning of the twentieth century. In 2012, volume 98 of T'oung Pao saw the light, and the journal still presents one of the pillars of Brill's list of publications on China.

Keywords: Chinese letter matrices; Dutch sinology; E.J. Brill; Gustave Schlegel; Leiden sinologists; T'oung Pao



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