Memoirs of Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse

Scope and Content

Memoirs of Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse, consisting of:  

  • 'The dead past', 1943
  • 'Decadence Mandchoue', 1942-3
  • Final typescript version of 'The dead past', 1943
  • Final typescript version of 'Decadence Mandchoue', 1943

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Edmund Trelawny Backhouse (1873-1944) was a historian and sinologist. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

The memoirs were bequeathed to the Library by Reinhard Hoeppli in 1973.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 45669-72.

Alternative Form Available

For conservation reasons, microfilms, on open access in the Modern Papers and John Johnson Reading Room, are to be consulted in place of the original papers.


The collection was used in H.R. Trevor-Roper, Hermit of Peking, the hidden life of Sir Edmund Backhouse (London, 1979).

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