Les mémoires historiques de Se-ma Ts'ien. Traduits et annotés par Édouard Chavannes. [Shiji or Records of the Grand Historian]. Complete set in first French translation in 6 volumes.
Paris, Ernest Leroux, 1895-1905, first French edition, 5 parts in 6 vols., contemporary uniform halfgoatskin extra (stained black) with raised bands and giltlettering on spine. = Very rare complete set of the first edition of the works' first ever translation into a western language, "a landmark" and "the standard by which all subsequent renditions (...) must be measured" (W. Nienhauser in Encyclopedia of Literary Translation into English). Sima's Shiji [Records of the Grand Historian] is respected as a model of biographical literature with high literary value and still stands as a textbook for the study of classical Chinese. Sima's works were influential to Chinese writing, serving as ideal models for various types of prose within the neo-classical ("renaissance" ??) movement of the Tang-Song period. The great use of characterisation and plotting also influenced fiction writing, including the classical short stories of the middle and late medieval period (Tang-Ming) as well as the vernacular novel of the late imperial period. Sima had immense influence on historiography not only in China, but also in Japan and Korea. For centuries afterwards, the Shiji was regarded as the greatest history book written in Asia. Sima is little known in the English-speaking world as a full translation of the Shiji has never been attempted.Coverboards and first and final leaves some worming. Otherwise a neat set.
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Keywords: China geschiedenis