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Written on Bamboo and Silk The Beginnings of Chinese Books and Inscriptions

ISBN-10: 0226814165

ISBN-13: 9780226814162

Edition: 2nd 2003

Authors: Tsuen-Hsuin Tsien, Edward L. Shaughnessy

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A landmark in its field, and the only book of its kind available in English, this classic study comprehensively traces the development of Chinese writing from the earliest inscriptions to the advent of printing.
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 3/21/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Foreword to the Second Edition
Remarks on the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introduction
The Legacy of Early Chinese Records
Communication with the Spirits
Government Documents and Archives
Recorders, Users, and Custodians
Private Writings and Collections
Burning of Books
Restoration of Ancient Works
Popularization of Religious Literature
Records on Bones and Shells
Origin and Nature of Bone and Shell Inscriptions
Discovery and Study of Bone Records
Vocabulary and Forms of Shang Writing
Types of Bone Materials and Methods of Inscribing
Content and Arrangement of Oracle Inscriptions
Non-Oracle Bone Records
Inscriptions on Metals and Clay
Nature and Types of Bronze Inscriptions
Styles and Usage of Bronze Inscriptions
Mirror Inscriptions
Numismatic Inscriptions Inscriptions on Seals and Sealing Clay
Inscriptions on Pottery Vessels Inscriptions on Bricks and Tiles
Engravings on Stone and Jade
Stone Drams and Monuments
Stele, Precipice, and Grave Inscriptions
Confucian Classics on Stone
Buddhist and Daoist Writings on Stone
Inscriptions on Jade
Origin and Technique of Ink Squeezes
Documents on Bamboo and Wood
Evolution of Book Materials
Bamboo Tablets of the Warring States and Qin Periods
Tablets of Han to Jin Dynasties
Preparation of Bamboo and Wood for Writing
Size and Forms of Ancient Tablets
Columns and Styles of Writing
Units and Kinds of Ancient Documents
System of Binding and Sealing
Silk as Writing Material
Origin of Sericulture
Date of Using Silk for Writing
Discoveries of Silk Documents
Ancient Paintings on Silk
Materials and Format of Silk Books
Special Uses of Silk for Writing
Paper and Paper Manuscripts
Definition and Origin of Paper
Cai Lun and Papermaking
Popularity and Spread of Paper
Theories of Western Origin of Paper
Discoveries of Early Paper Specimens
Paper Documents from Dunhuang
Materials and Methods of Papermaking
Processing and Treatment of Paper
System of Paper Rolls
Implements and Tools for Writing
Origin of the Writing Brush
Forms of the Brush-Pen
Writing Fluid and Pigments
Ink of Lampblack
Lacquer and Mineral Ink
Materials and Forms of Ink-Slabs
Book Knife as Eraser
Conclusion
Types of Writing Materials
Transmission of Ancient Literature
Dates of Different Inscriptions
Development of the Chinese Book
Methods of Writing and Duplication
Styles of Chinese Script
Growth of Vocabulary
Order of Chinese Writing
Social and Intellectual Development
Afterword: Paleo Graphic Discoveries in China Since 1960
Major Archaeological Discoveries, 1899-2000
Chronology of Chinese Culture, Books, and Writing
Glossary
List of Abbreviations
Bibliography
Index