Herbert Giles: Catalogue of his library

Scope and Content

A typescript catalogue of Giles' library, with manuscript annotations. The volume contains an alphabetical list of books written in English, 128 pages, followed by a list of works by Chinese authors, 25 pages, in which the titles are given in both Chinese and English. The text is on the rectos only. Loose with the volume is a printed pamphlet listing the works of Giles' father, the Revd Dr J.A. Giles.

Administrative / Biographical History

Herbert Allen Giles (1845-1935), sinologist, was born at Oxford on 8 December 1845, and educated at Charterhouse School. He served in the consular service, 1867-1893, and was Professor of Chinese at Cambridge University, 1897-1932. Giles published many books on Chinese culture. He died in Cambridge on 13 February 1935.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Messrs Deighton and Bell, 1974.

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Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on H.A. Giles in L.G. Wickham Legg, ed., Dictionary of national biography, 1931-1940 (Oxford University Press, 1949), pp. 338-339.

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Cambridge University Library holds other papers relating to H.A. Giles, MS.Add.8964.

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