Correspondence from Herbert Allen Giles

Scope and Content

This series consists of 2 letters from Herbert Allen Giles to Bernard Quaritch concerning a dinner for W. Fang; and a volume of Chinese poetry.

Administrative / Biographical History

Herbert Allen Giles was a British diplomat and sinologist who was the professor of Chinese at Cambridge University for 35 years. Giles was educated at Charterhouse School before becoming a British diplomat in China from 1867-1892. He modified a Mandarin Chinese romanisation system established by Thomas Wade, resulting in the widely known Wade–Giles Chinese romanisation system. Among his many works were translations of the Analects of Confucius, the Lao Tzu (Tao Te Ching), the Chuang Tzu, and, in 1892, A Chinese-English Dictionary.


The letters were ordered chronologically.