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Explain the preservation of centuries-old Chinese encyclopedias

Emperor Zhu Di (known as the Emperor of Yongle), famous for building the architectural wonders of Beijing’s Forbidden City in the early 15th century, also commissioned the creation of a monument made of ink and paper. From Confucianism to medicine.

known as Yongle Festival The original corpus of 11,095 volumes bound in gold silk has been lost over the centuries, and only manuscripts of the 420-volume manuscript dated 1567 are still in a handful of museums and libraries around the world today. exists.

On September 27, from noon to 1:00 p.m., the Cornell community and the general public will get a glimpse into the efforts to preserve and digitize the 41 volumes of the Yongle Taesque held by the Library of Congress. Lecture by Senior Book Conservator Dan Patterson Carl A. Kroch Library, Room 2B48. The presentation is sponsored by the Cornell University Library Conservation Society and Streamed live on Zoom.

In his presentation, Patterson will discuss Yongle Hall’s unique structure, conservation challenges, and the benefits of digitization.

Patterson’s talk was part of a two-day workshop on bookbinding and book preservation in East Asia, also sponsored by the Library’s Preservation Department, for graduate students and staff on book preservation at New York University and the University of Delaware. are participating.

“We have this opportunity to have our conservators and technicians trained by Dan. It’s a service.”

Talks and workshops will also support the library’s efforts to preserve and make accessible important collections of rare Chinese, Japanese and Korean books. Croch Library’s Asia Collectionsaid Parkes.

Highlights of Cornell’s collection include the five volumes of the Yongle Daiten. Classification of rare books and manuscripts.

out of volume 3 Charles W. WasonClass of 1876, bequeathing his library, East Asian Collectionand two were donated. Alfred Saoke Sya 1901 graduate who later became a Chinese diplomat in the United States, said Liren Zheng, curator of the Charles W. Wasson Collection of East Asia.

You can read the book of Yongle Daiten on site by request.

Public course attendees are expected to follow Cornell Health and Safety Guidelines. Seating at the venue is limited and Zoom attendees Pre-registration.

Jose Beduya is a staff writer, editor, and social media coordinator at Cornell University Libraries.

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