Van Gulik Collection

Advisors: Joyce Y.T. Wu and John T. Ma
Van Gulik Collection
Chinese books

Dr. Robert H. van Gulik (1910-1967) was an accomplished scholar, detective novel writer, linguist and diplomat. During his long tenure in Asia, with the help of his diplomatic status, he was able to form a private collection which excelled in both quality and quantity. When the collection was acquired by the Sinological Institute of the University of Leiden in 1977, it comprised more than 2,500 titles accounting for almost 10,000 volumes, all of these dealing with traditional sinology. Among them were many books on fine arts, classical music and literatuare as well as rare folk novels. This last category included the primary source materials on which his scholarly work, Sexual Life in Ancient China, was based.

This collection includes:
Part 1: Folk novels; (117 titles on 822 microfiches)
Part 2: Literature and fine arts; (132 titles on 667 microfiches)
Part 3: Music scores and music books (1 title on 200 microfiches).

Guide
Printed guide divided into three parts with author/title lists.

Language note
Texts in Chinese and English.

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