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  • The Shanghai Library, 1555 Huaihai Middle Rd, Shanghai, China

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Since remote antiquity, the physical composition of the Chinese book has undergone many interesting and dramatic changes, if by 'book' is meant any written or printed material put together in a convenient and portable form so as to compose a material whole for the purpose of recording thought or action and transmitting ideas or knowledge. Writings were inscribed on oracle bones and tortoise shells, or cast in bronze, during the Shang and early Chou Dynasties. With the invention of the brush and ink, bamboo strips and wooden tablets were used as writing materials, followed by silk fabrics, in the same way that clay tablets, papyrus, parchment, and other materials were used in other parts of the world prior to the widespread use of paper. Similarly, the Chinese book evolved from the bundle to the scroll, and then from the scroll to the codex. Following the introduction of Western books and printing presses, many a fine book connoisseur frowns on cheap publications and laments the loss of superbly and antiquity books in which every detail of paper, type, form, and arrangement is in wonderful harmony and elegance, with their symmetrical Chinese characters in jet black ink on clear, unblemished white paper and elegant, embroidered silk covers in brocade cases or in carved wooden boxes. Many scholars and collectors prefer to have their literary works printed and bound in traditional methods. After all, good taste and sound judgement are crucial in the production of books, both in China and elsewhere. As a result, these books are both artistically and scarce. "The Beauty of Books and Literatures - The Bookbinding Art of Ancient Chinese Books and Literatures Collection Exhibition" aims to trace briefly the development and evolution of the material and appearance of the Chinese book, from its primitive beginnings to its current form. It will include valuable Ming and Qing dynasty books and literature, as well as famous collectors such as Xiang Yuanzhang, Huang Yulie, Gong Xinyi, Wu Hufan, and others. The literature categories include Buddhist scriptures, books, rubbings, and other items. Packing, folding, album loading, reel loading, and categorising the use of traditional arts in book decoration such as painting, calligraphy, and engraving. There are a total of 100 items in the exhibition. Tips: - Thu, Nov 1 @ 8 : 00 am - Thu, Nov 15 @ 9 : 00 pm - The Shanghai Library, 1555 Huaihai Middle Rd, Shanghai, China.

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