Kennen Sie schon … die Xu Dishan collection?

The col­lec­tion of the emi­nent schol­ar and edu­ca­tor Xu Dis­han [许地山 (1893–1941)], whose works in lit­er­a­ture, reli­gious stud­ies, and the stud­ies of folk­lorist beliefs are mile­stones in Chi­nese literati cul­ture and are still worked on today inter­na­tion­al­ly, was put up for sale in 1950. The sig­nif­i­cance of the Xu Dis­han col­lec­tion to Chi­nese his­to­ry and cul­ture gained the atten­tion of His­to­ri­an and pro­fes­sor of Far East­ern His­to­ry, C. P. Fitzger­ald (1902–1992). Fitzger­ald saw the col­lec­tion as the first stage of build­ing a world class Asian Stud­ies library at the Aus­tralian Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty. In 1950, on behalf of the uni­ver­si­ty, he under­took the nego­ti­a­tion and pur­chase of the col­lec­tion.

The por­tion of the col­lec­tion held by the Aus­tralian Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty con­sists of 469 titles in 1,224 vol­umes and con­tains many rare edi­tions and sus­pect­ed orphaned sacred books on Bud­dhism, Tao­ism and oth­er mis­sion­ary pub­li­ca­tions of the time, includ­ing trans­la­tions of the Bible. Items on Dao­ism and Bud­dhism make up the larg­er part of this col­lec­tion and are of spe­cial inter­est since not many of those have sur­vived in Chi­na and are sought after by researchers world-wide.

The por­tion of the col­lec­tion locat­ed at The Uni­ver­si­ty of Hong Kong con­sists of about 430 sin­gle titles in all areas of Asian his­to­ry, reli­gions, and lan­guages. The com­bi­na­tion of both col­lec­tions enables us to recog­nise the broad inter­ests of his research.

The col­lec­tion has works dat­ing back many cen­turies, and due to the com­plex­i­ties of pub­lish­ing and lim­it­ed prove­nance data on works in the col­lec­tion, the infor­ma­tion pro­vid­ed in the records may be incom­plete. The ANU is seek­ing more infor­ma­tion on the titles of the col­lec­tion, and it is hoped that schol­ars world­wide may be inter­est­ed in assist­ing us with this ongo­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion process.

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